CFPA Crowns Boothby DT of the Year, Fort LB of the Year
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Monday 01/12/2012

University of Northern Iowa senior Ben Boothby has been crowned the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Defensive Tackle of the Year, and senior L.J. Fort has been chosen as the FCS Linebacker of the Year by College Football Performance Awards, the organization announced Thursday.

UNI is the only school in the nation represented by two CFPA Players of the Year.

The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the most scientifically rigorous honors in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and career award recipients - selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

After an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it was determined that Boothby and Fort finished the 2011 season with the strongest defensive tackle and linebacker performances, respectively, in Division I FCS college football.

CFPA FCS Players of the Year

National Performer of the Year -- Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
National Defensive Performer of the Year -- Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
National Freshman Performer of the Year -- Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
Quarterback Award -- Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
Running Back Award -- Terrance West, Towson
Wide Receiver Award -- Aaron Mellette, Elon
Tight End Award -- Colin Anderson, Furman
Defensive End Award -- Corey Hart, Alabama A&M
Defensive Tackle Award -- Ben Boothby, UNI
Linebacker Award -- L.J. Fort, UNI
Defensive Back Award -- Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
Placekicker Award -- Zach Brown, Portland State
Punter Award -- Patrick Murray, Fordham
Punt Returner Award -- Asa Jackson, Cal Poly
Kickoff Returner Award -- Laron Scott, Georgia Southern

L.J. Fort - 2011 Season Awards and Accomplishments
FCS national leader in total tackles (184) and tackles per game (14.15)
Set UNI single-season record for tackles (184)
No. 2 in all of Division I football (FBS & FCS combined) in total tackles and tackles per game
Runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS national defensive player of the year)
FCS National Defensive Player of the Year (College Sporting News)
FCS National Defensive Player of the Year (College Sports Madness)
MVFC Defensive Player of the Year
Walter Camp FCS All-American
First team All-American (The Sports Network)
First team All-American (Phil Steele)
First team All-American (College Sports Madness)
First team All-American (Beyond Sports College Network)
Third team All-American (Associated Press)
First team All-MVFC
Co-Defensive National Player of the Week (The Sports Network - Dec. 5)
MVFC Defensive Player of the Week following Illinois State (11/19)

Ben Boothby - 2011 Season Awards and Accomplishments
Finished 9th in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS national defensive player of the year)
Semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy (academic Heisman)
Capital One Academic All-American (first team)
Capital One Academic All-District (first team)
FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team
One of 12 finalists for FCS Athletic Directors Association $5,000 postgraduate scholarship
AFCA FCS All American
First team All-American (Associated Press)
First team All-American (Phil Steele)
First team All-American (College Sports Madness)
Fabulous 50 FCS All-American Team (College Sporting News)
Second team All-American (The Sports Network)
First team MVFC All-Academic Team
First team All-MVFC
MVFC leader in tackles-for-loss (18.5)
Finalist for ARA Sportsmanship Award
Missouri Valley Conference State Farm "Good Neighbor Award"

 


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