Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany's Paul Layton has been named to the Punter Watch List on Tuesday , July 5 by the College Football Performance Awards. He was one of 42 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) punters selected.
Layton was one of the top punters in NCAA Division I FCS and the Northeast Conference as a redshirt freshman. He averaged 40.1 yards per punt and ranked 31st among the national leaders. A native of Burnt Hills, N.Y., he placed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line, including seven for touchbacks. Layton booted 50-plus yard punts 12 times and tied the 13th-longest punt in school history with 69-yarder in final game of the season against Monmouth.
As a scholastic player, Layton was chosen Class A first-team all-state by the New York State Sportswriters Association as a kicker. He is the all-time leader in Section II history with 172 career kicking points. Layton, who averaged 42 yards per punt as a senior, was 2008 Large School Offensive Player of the Year by the Albany Times Union and first-team All-Area by Daily Gazette and Troy Record. As a quarterback, he led Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School to the state championship game by passing for 14 touchdowns and running for 20 scores.
The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment 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 the 2011 season approaches, CFP Awards will be releasing a preseason watch list each week from now until pre-season.