Five Toppers named to College Football Performance Awards watch lists

Junior tight end jack Doyle pulls in a pass for a first down agasinst North Texas University during the third quarter at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas on Saturday. WKU won 31-21 to become bowl eligible. Doyle caught a career-high nine passes for a team-high 89 yards in a career night for quarterback Kawaun Jakes.

Herald Staff

Five WKU players were named to watch lists for the 2012 College Football Performance Awards on Monday.

Senior tight end Jack Doyle, senior defensive end Quanterus Smith, junior linebacker Andrew Jackson, junior punter Hendrix Brakefield and sophomore kick returner John Evans were all named to the watch lists.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football, according to the College Football Performance website.

Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams, according to the website.

Doyle, who will become a fourth-year starter this fall, caught 52 passes for 614 yards last season. Both totals were team-highs.

Smith, a pass-rush specialist, recorded 7.5 sacks last season, a team-high, and 38 tackles.

Jackson was a first-year starter in 2011 and became an All-Sun Belt performer, totaling 109 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception.

Brakefield punted 64 times, averaging 41.6 yards per punt and 37.9 net yards per punt. He pinned opponents within their own 20-yard line 24 times.

Evans returned 17 punts for an average 5.6 yards and 18 kicks for an average of 32.2 yards, including a touchdown against Middle Tennessee State.

Other notable college football players named to the watch lists include USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and LSU punt returner/cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

Notable past winners of CFP awards include former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.