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Sigmon Named to CFPA Linebackers Award Watch List
Three-time Big South all-conference selection Nick Sigmon has been selected as one of the top linebackers in the country heading into the upcoming FCS season as he was recently named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Linebacker Watch List.
A total of 38 players were named to the CFPA Linebackers Award watch list, including fellow Big South linebackers Quinn Backus (Coastal Carolina), Tanner Burch (Gardner-Webb) and Chad Geter (Gardner-Webb).
Liberty has had two players previously win CFPA postseason honors: Chris Summers (CFPA Wide Receiver Award – 2010) and Kevin Fogg (CFPA Elite Kickoff Returner Award – 2011).
Sigmon has been one of Liberty's defensive leaders each of the three years he has played. He earned Big South second-team all-conference honors in 2011 and was a first-team All-Big South selection in 2012 and 2013.
The senior linebacker has started 32 career games and is Liberty's active career leader with 174 career tackles in three years of play. Sigmon tied for the team lead and ranked No. 4 in the Big South in 2013 with 62 stops,
including a team-best 32 assisted tackles. Additionally, 32 of his 62 tackles came against Big South competition.
Sigmon was one of seven players on Liberty's roster to record an interception in 2013, helping the Flames finish the year ranked No. 5 in the country with 19 interceptions.
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. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.
Last season, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston earned the CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy at the FBS level, while Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams earned the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.
CFPA Linebacker Watch List
Kourtney Berry, Alabama State
Evan Byers, Bucknell
Nick Dzubnar, Cal Poly
Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina
Kris Kent, Colgate
Patrick Callaway, Delaware
Christian Kuntz, Duquesne
Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington
Stephen Hodge, Fordham
Tanner Burch, Gardner-Webb
Chad Geter, Gardner-Webb
Eric Medes, Harvard
Nick Sigmon, Liberty
Cabrinni Gonclaves, Maine
Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga, Maine
Alex Singleton, Montana State
Cody Acker, Morgan State
Austin Hasquet, NAU
Marcell Coke, Norfolk State
Deon King, Norfolk State
Lynden Trail, Norfolk State*
D'Vonte Grant, North Carolina A&T
Carlton Littlejohn, North Dakota State
Dan Davis, Penn
Jerome Howard, Prairie View A&M
Mike Zeuli, Princeton
Andrew Bose, Rhode Island
Eric Wright, Richmond
Kellen Sperduto, Robert Morris
Charles Elmore, South Dakota State
Isiah Corbett, Southeastern Louisiana
Tyler Williamson, Southern Illinois
Bishop Neal, Saint Francis
Matt Holley, Southern Utah
Shane McNeely, UNH
Tony Bell, UT-Martin
Kevin Kintzel, Western Illinois*
Airek Green, William & Mary
*Returning CFPA winner