Presbyterian College's Jeremiah McKie has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards this week.
"Congratulations to Jeremiah McKie on earning a spot on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "McKie will be one of the top Big South players to watch this season."
As a kick returner last season McKie caught 20 kick returns for tops in the league, taking the ball 490 yards for a 24.5 average per return. The senior from Simpsonville, S.C., took one back a career-long 97 yards for a touchdown against VMI, one of just three in the league in 2013 to do so. He was fourth in the league in kick returns (20), fourth in kick return yards (490) and second in kick return average (24.5). He posted a career-high six returns against Wofford in 2013.
The initial watch list includes 40 returning performers, vying for the top kickoff returner award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
The goal of 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. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.
CFPA is now in its seventh season. The CFPA's player and team performance index, used since 2008, ranks success in all three phases of the game. Former PC star Justin Bethel earned CFPA honors for his outstanding performance on special teams.
The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.