Another Flames football player is considered one of the top players in the country at his position as Jacob Hagen has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Defensive Backs Watch List.
Hagen is the second Flame leading into the 2014 season to be named to a CFPA Award Watch List, as senior Nick Sigmon was named to the Linebacker Watch List, last week.
A total of 38 players were named to the CFPA Defensive Back Watch List and he is the lone representative on the list from the Big South Conference.
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).
Hagen had a breakout season in 2013, earning Associated Press FCS All-America honors (third team), as well as being selected All-Big South first team and VaSID all-state first team.
Hagen finished the 2013 season with a career-best 61 tackles (34 solo, 27 assisted), which nearly doubled his career total through his first two seasons with the Flames (76 tackles).
He led the Big South and ranked No. 9 in the country in interceptions per game (0.5). His six picks during his junior season were the most interceptions by a Flame since Richard Shelton, who played five years in the NFL, finished the 1987 season with a half-dozen interceptions for Liberty.
Thanks to his six individual interceptions, Liberty was able to finish the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the country in passed intercepted (19) and No. 3 in turnover margin (1.3).
CFPA Defensive Backs Watch List Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell Mike Armiento, Colgate Michael Turner, Cornell Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois Ian Williams, Fordham Jairus Hollman, Furman Norman Hayes, Harvard Taylor Thompson, Houston Baptist Dean Marlowe, James Madison Matt Smalley, Lafayette Jacob Hagen, Liberty Zach Adler, Marist Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State* Matt Hermanson, Montana Avery Boykin, MVSU Christian Dudzik, North Dakota State Colten Heagle, North Dakota State Ray Mitchell, Northern Iowa Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State Anthony Gaffney, Princeton Gordon Hill, Sacred Heart J.D. Roussel, Sacred Heart Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis DaQuan Minter, Saint Francis Jaquiski Tartt, Samford Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana Marice Sutton, Southeastern Louisiana Je Ryan Butler, South Dakota State Chris Atkins, Stetson Donald Payne, Stetson Davonte Anderson, Stony Brook Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State* De'Ante Saunders, Tennessee State Donnell Lewis, Towson Steven Thames, UNH Cameron McCurry, Villanova Martinez Davis, Western Illinois Cole Champion, Yale *Returning CFPA winner
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