Grizzly running back added to watch list

MISSOULA — The University of Montana’s Jordan Canada has been placed on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List for running backs, that organization announced recently.

A 5-9, 190-pounder from West Covina, Calif., Canada begins his senior season ranked fourth in school history in career rushing yards with 2,228 and also in career touchdown runs with 29.

He was elected team captain on offense in 2014, along with senior quarterback Jordan Johnson.  Canada’s 16 rushing touchdowns a year ago are the most by a returning Big Sky Conference player this season.

As a junior last season he garnered team-highs of 211 carries for 1,062 yards, and rushed for 16 touchdowns. He was ranked seventh in the Big Sky, averaging 81.7 yards a game rushing, which ranked him 56th in the FCS.  His 16 rushing TDs were the third most in the league a year ago, and ranked him 11th in the nation.

Canada’s 7.4 points a game in 2013 ranked him fifth in the league in scoring.  A year ago he rushed for 100 yards or more in six games, and was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

Canada is the fourth Montana player to earn a spot on the 2014 watch list. On defense, senior defensive end Zack Wagenmann was named to the list for defensive linemen, while senior free safety Matt Hermanson was named to the watch list for defensive backs. Last week, Jordan Johnson was named to the list for quarterbacks.

The initial watch list includes 38 returning performers, vying for the top running back award in the FCS. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

Last season linebacker Jordan Tripp earned the CFPA Elite Linebacker Award, while cornerback Trumaine Johnson earned the CFPA Elite Defensive Back Award in 2011.

— Montana Sports Information

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