Albany, N.Y. - Drew Smith was named to the 2012 College Performance Football Awards Running Back Watch List, as announced by the organization. Smith joins 48 other FCS running backs on the list, from which a national winner will be chosen at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Smith, who will be entering his senior season in the fall, was a Northeast Conference Second Team selection as a junior. Smith became the ninth Great Dane to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season from his tailback position. He led the team in rushing (95.6 ypg) and all-purpose yards (126.7 ypg), plus is second in scoring with 10 touchdowns. The junior had six 100-yard rushing effort and also threw three scoring passes.The goal of College Football Performance Awards 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.
As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.