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Five Named to CFPA Preseason Watch Lists
The College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) released their final preseason watch list this past weekend and five Liberty players are featured on the organization's various watch lists.
Quarterback Josh Woodrum, running back Aldreakis Allen, defensive lineman Francis Bah, linebacker Nick Sigmon and return specialist Kevin Fogg (kickoff and punt return) were named to their respective positions' CFPA preseason watch lists.
CFPA annually recognizes the top FBS and FCS players in the country and is touted as the largest awards organization in NCAA Division I college football.
Woodrum had a banner 2012 season, setting a freshman program record with 1,963 total offensive yards in his first year on the field for the Flames (1,966 passing yards, 11 touchdowns). He was named the Big South Freshman of the Year and VaSID Offensive Rookie of the Year, while finishing 13th in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman in the country).
Allen earned All-Big South first-team honors in 2012 as he became the ninth player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards (1,019). He added 10 rushing touchdowns to become the seventh Liberty football player to post 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in the same season.
Bah battled injuries during the 2012 season, but did manage to start eight games on Liberty's defensive line that led the Big South in rushing defense. He was third on the team with five tackles for loss and finished the season with 16 overall stops (10 solo, six assisted).
Sigmon crossed the 100-career tackle threshold in just his second season with the Flames after recording 52 tackles as a sophomore last year (32 solo, 20 assisted). He was named to the Big South first-team all-conference and to the VaSID all-state second team listings.
Fogg was named to both the CFPA's preseason watch list for kickoff and punt returners after an All-America specialist season in 2011.
Fogg had his 2012 season cut short after suffering a season-ending injury four games into the year. However, he was one of Liberty's top defensive and special teams players at the time of his injury.
He was leading the team with 11 kickoff returns for 254 yards (23.1 average yards per return) and nine punt returns for 94 yards (10.4 average yards per return). He also had returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown against No. 24 Norfolk State, his fourth career special teams return for a touchdown.
Liberty's 2013 season is quickly approaching with the Flames scheduled to open their second season under head coach Turner Gill on Aug. 29 at Kent State (6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN3).
Liberty's players will report for preseason training camp on July 30 and will hold their first official practice of the season on July 31.