Presbyterian College football player Justin Bethel was recently honored with the College Football Performance FCS Elite Punt Returner Award.
The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients - selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
After an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it was determined that Bethel was responsible for more overall success than any other D-I FCS player on punt returns in 2011. It is the first time in CFPA history a player has accomplished this feat without being a designated punt returner.
Bethel returned two punts this season, both coming off of his own blocks. Against California he blocked a Bear punt and ran it back 17 yards for a touchdown. The next game, he blocked a punt at Furman, taking it back seven yards for the score.