CHARLESTON, S.C. – Northern Arizona's Ryan Hawkins was recognized by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) with the 2015 Football Championship Subdivision Punter Award, announced today by the organization.
Hawkins was the punter for NAU over the last two years and ranked amongst the best in the nation all season long.
This season Hawkins led the nation in yards per punt at 46.3 on a total of 52 boots. Hawkins recorded a total of 2,406 punting yards to help NAU rank first in the nation in net punting at 40.4.
Hawkins earned All-America honors this season from the Associated Press, AFCA, STATS FCS and College Sports Madness.
Teammate Case Cookus was named the CFPA National and Freshman Performer of the Year, as well as being recognized with the Quarterback Award. Before today, the last Lumberjack to be recognized by the CFPA was Austin Shanks in 2012 when he received the Punt Returner Award.
The goal of CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
CFPA is in its eighth season of player and team performance recognition, and sixth year recognizing the FCS.