UM’S Wagenmann named to CFPA watch list

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in Division I college football, recently announced its watch list for defensive linemen, and the University of Montana’s Zack Wagenmann was named to the list.

The preliminary watch list highlights thirty-eight returning performers, vying for the top individual defensive end and defensive tackle awards in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Wagenmann, a 6-foot-3 ½, 250-pound junior defensive end, had a breakout season in 2012 and was ranked fourth in the FCS with 1.05 sacks a game.  He started in all 11 games and was sixth (tie) on the team with 50 tackles.  He led the Grizzlies with a team-high 11.5 sacks, and was second on the squad with 13.0 tackles for loss.

A local product from Missoula (Sentinel High School), Wagenmann was named to three All-American teams: Associated Press (second team), Sports Network (third team), and Phil Steele Magazine (fourth team) last season. He was also a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection.

Former Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who now plays for the St. Louis Rams, earned CFPA honors in 2011.

All recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

Last season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned the 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple earned the 2012 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014.

— UM Sports Information

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