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Hagen Earns 2014 CFPA Defensive Back Award

January 16, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Jacob Hagen (27) has been the recipient of the 2014 CFPA Defensive Back Award.

Liberty Jacob Hagen (27) has been the recipient of the 2014 CFPA Defensive Back Award.

Liberty All-America safety Jacob Hagen has been named the 2014 CFPA Defensive Back award winner, an honor presented by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

Hagen is the third player in program history to be named a position player of the year by the CFPA. He joins Chris Summers, the 2010 CFPA Top Wide Receiver of the Year, and Kevin Fogg, 2011 CFPA Top Kickoff Return Specialist of the Year.

The CFPA recognized Hagen five times during the 2014 with their honorable mention CFPA Defensive Back of the Week award (Sept. 1, 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 4 and 18).      The CFPA is in its seventh season of player and team performance recognition.

Hagen, an All-Big South first-team honoree the last two years, was named to the Associated Press, FCS ADA, Sports Network and Walter Camp Foundation FCS All-America teams following the 2014 season.

He was named the FCS ADA Top Collegiate Defensive Back and finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (top FCS defensive player in the country).

Earlier this week, Hagen was named the VaSID Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was also one of 11 Flames named to the VaSID all-state teams.

Hagen led the Flames in 2014 with 108 tackles, including a team-best 69 solo tackles. The senior also paced Liberty with four forced fumbles and had a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown during Liberty's season opener at North Carolina.

The native of Orange Park, Fla., finished the year with eight interceptions, topping all FCS players in the country. One of his eight interceptions came in overtime at Appalachian State, sealing Liberty's third victory over an FBS program in program history.

Hagen finished his Liberty career with 245 tackles (158 solo, 87 assisted), the most by a Flames' defender since the 2008 season.