JACKSON, Miss. – Two Jackson State football standouts have been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason watch list. Junior defensive end Donavan Robinson and senior linebacker Ryan Rich were selected as players to watch throughout the 2010 season.
Robinson is one of twelve candidates up for the FCS (formerly Division IAA) Defensive Performer of the Year, as well as FCS Defensive Lineman Performer of the Year. He was a stellar performer in the 2009 season for the Tigers. He recorded 29 solo tackles, 51 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, seven hurries, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in ten games.
Rich is in the running for the FCS Linebacker Performer of the Year. He also had a great 2009 season. He accumulated 30 solo tackles, 40 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick in ten games.
CFPA recently expanded its program to include Division I FCS recognition. Over the course of this season, CFPA will be recognizing national performers of the week. At the end of the season, CFPA will recognize several national performers of the year. Performers of the week will typically be announced before Wednesday of the following week, while the national performers of the year will be announced by late January to early March. All Division I FCS players are eligible for these awards at their respective positions.