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California Running Back Jahvid Best is National Performer of the Week

Davidson, NC (PRWEB) September 21, 2009

The College Football Performance Awards announced California running back Jahvid Best as the National Performer of the Week. Best received Running Back Performer of the Week in week one and Honorable Mention Performer of the Week in week two. Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, the recipient of the 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy, was named Wide Receiver Performer of the Week along with Syracuse’s Mike Williams. Former Science Advisor to President Barack Obama, Lawrence Krauss writes, “The CFPA awards will surely prove illuminating and may provide new ways for fans to think precisely about what excellent performance in college football means.”

Week 3, 2009 – Performers of the Week:

National Performer of the Week – Jahvid Best (California)

Defensive Performer of the Week – Chris McCoy (Middle Tennessee State) & Chad Jones (LSU)

Quarterback Performer of the Week – Joe Cox (Georgia)

Honorable Mention: Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Russell Wilson (N.C. State), Mike Kafka (Northwestern), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Greg Alexander (Hawaii), Jacory Harris (Miami)

Running Back Performer of the Week – Jahvid Best (California)

Honorable Mention: Ryan Mathews (Fresno State), Joseph Turner (TCU), Darius Marshall (Marshall), James Wright (New Mexico), Noel Devine (West Virginia), Carlos Brown (Michigan), Jeremy Avery (Boise State)

Wide Receiver Performer of the Week – Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State) & Mike Williams (Syracuse)

Honorable Mention: Jared Perry (Missouri), Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma), Eugune Harris (Miami-Ohio), A.J. Green (Georgia), Greg Childs (Arkansas), Duke Calhoun (Memphis), Rodney Bradley (Hawaii)

Tight End Performer of the Week – Jesse Rack (Buffalo)

Honorable Mention: Dennis Morris (Louisiana Tech), Dennis Pitta (BYU), Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame), Lance Kendricks (Wisconsin), D.J. Williams (Arkansas), Orson Charles (Georgia)

Placekicker Performer of the Week – Alex Henery (Nebraska) & Richard Jackson (Clemson)

Honorable Mention: Sean Brauchle (Mississippi State), Lane Yoshida (San Diego State), Eric Folk (Washington), Nick Cattoi (UCF)

Kickoff Specialist Performer of the Week – Matt Dodge (East Carolina) & Nico Grasu (Washington State)

Honorable Mention: Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State), Adi Kunalic (Nebraska), Dustin Hopkins (Florida State), Jake Rogers (Cincinnati), Lones Seiber (Kentucky)

Punter Performer of the Week – Drew Butler (Georgia)

Honorable Mention: Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State), Rob Long (Syracuse), Mike Brandtner (Iowa State), Matt Dodge (East Carolina), Pete Kontodiakos (Colorado State)

Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week – Freddie Parham (Southern Miss) & Derrick Locke (Kentucky)

Honorable Mention: Chris Owusu (Stanford), Omar Bolden (Arizona State), Ray Fisher (Indiana)

Punt Returner Performer of the Week – C.J. Spiller (Clemson) & Antonio Brown (Central Michigan)

Honorable Mention: Jordan Shipley (Texas), Walter Thurmond III (Oregon), Aaron Valentin (Purdue), Richard Sherman (Stanford)

Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week – Chris McCoy (Middle Tennessee State)

Honorable Mention: Jerry Hughes (TCU), Cody Cielenski (Western Michigan), Jarvis Geathers (UCF), Jeremy Beal (Oklahoma)

Linebacker Performer of the Week – D.T. Shackleford (Ole Miss) & Korey Williams (Southern Mississippi)

Honorable Mention: Noah Keller (Ohio), Donald Butler (Washington), Bront Bird (Texas Tech)

Defensive Back Performer of the Week – Chad Jones (LSU)

Honorable Mention: Austin Thomas (Indiana), Eric Berry (Tennessee), Deon Young (Louisiana Tech), Chris May (Eastern Michigan), Jon Davis (Air Force)

About the College Football Performance Awards:

The goal of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

As many scholars have noted, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases in the college football awards process. Philosopher Paul Studtmann states, “Other awards are not based upon any objective criteria.” C. Richard King, Past-President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport writes, “CFPA has a clear methodology and promises a hopeful alternative.” And distinguished sports economist and Harvard Society Fellow, Andrew Zimbalist adds, “CFPA promises to set straight many of the wrongheaded, arbitrary, and exclusionary methods currently employed to assess player awards.”

Official Website:

For more information on the College Football Performance Awards, please contact Executive Director Brad Smith at (570) 854-1252 or visit http://www.collegefootballperformance.com.

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