TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2013 CFPA FCS Running Back Award, and Indiana State running back Shakir Bell earned a spot on the list. The preliminary watch list highlights thirty-three returning performers, vying for the top individual running back honor in the Football Championship Subdivision.
"Congratulations to CFPA winner Shakir Bell on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," stated CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Heading into 2013, Bell has already produced some of the top rushing performances in FCS history."
Bell is the first Indiana State player named to the 2013 CFPA Watch List. He is one of two Indiana State players to earn CFPA annual honors, along with defensive back Johnny Towalid.
All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
Currently, there are 111 CFPA recipients listed on official 2013 NFL rosters. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections. Current CFPA winners performing as NFL running backs include: Trent Richardson, Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard, Le'Veon Bell, Mikel Leshoure, LaMichael James, C.J. Spiller, Dexter McCluster, Jahvid Best, Marcus Lattimore, Fozzy Whittaker, Nate Eachus, Taiwan Jones, Miguel Maysonet, and Jerodis Williams.
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