Crimmins, Kuntz Named to College Football Performance Awards Watch List

July 8, 2014

PITTSBURGH - Sophomore placekicker Austin Crimmins (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) and junior linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) have been named to the College Football Performance Award watch list for their respective positions.

Crimmins is one of 36 placekickers and Kuntz one of 38 linebackers named.

Crimmins, who had never kicked in a college game prior to last season, tied the school record with 15 field goals on his way to earning second team All-NEC honors. The Johnstown, Pa. native, who connected on 15-of-22 field goal attempts and 25-of-27 PATs for 70 points, ranked 11th nationally with his average of 1.36 field goals made per game.

Kuntz, a third team Sports Network All-American last season, was DU's lone first team All-NEC player a year ago. In his first full season as a starter, the Pittsburgh native led the nation in tackles for loss (1.8/g.) and tied for the team lead with 74 tackles (32 solo). He also led the Dukes in sacks (9.0) and tied for team-high with two fumbles forced.

Kuntz suffered an off-the-field knee injury that kept him out of spring drills and left his status as questionable for the season.

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.

CFPA is now in its seventh season of recognition, utilizing objective rankings of player and team performance from its data index since 2008.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.




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