June 9, 2011

Tim Benford named to CFPA preseason watch list of receivers

See Tim Benford's 2011 bio

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second time in a week, Tennessee Tech senior wide receiver Tim Benford has been named as one of the premier wide receivers in the nation. This time, the Chattanooga native has been placed on the 2011 Watch List for the College Football Performance Awards for the Football Championship Subdivision.

A few days ago, The Sports Network recognized Benford among the Top 10 FCS receivers.

The CFPA Watch List of wide receivers includes 38 pass catchers expected to shine in 2011, including four in the Ohio Valley Conference. Fellow league players joining Benford on the list are Chris Wright of Eastern Illinois, Orlandus Davis of Eastern Kentucky and Stephen Shiver of UT Martin.

Benford led Tech and ranked among OVC leaders in receiving in 2010, catching 50 passes for 812 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named first-team all-OVC for the third consecutive year and captured his second Robert Hill Johnson award.

The CFPA Watch List of Receivers:

• Brian Quick, App State
• Joel Bradford, Chattanooga
• Brian Sutherland, Chattanooga
• Lanny Funsten, Davidson
• Justin Wilson, Delaware State
• Chris Wright, Eastern Illinois
• Orlandus Davis, Eastern Kentucky
• Brandon Kaufman, E. Washington
• Aaron Mellette, Elon
• Javaris Brown, Hampton
• Willie Carter, Howard
• Tyrone Walker, Illinois State
• Justin Hilton, Indiana State
• Joshua Philpart, Jacksonville
• Ryan Spadola, Lehigh
• Chris Summers, Liberty
• Michael Rios, Marist
• Jermaine Saffold, Missouri State
• Antwon Moutra, Montana
• Greg Hardin, North Dakota
• Jace Davis, Northern Colorado
• Prentice Gill, Old Dominion
• Chase Deadder, Sacramento State
• Brandon Collins, S.E. Louisiana
• Simmie Yarbrough, S.E. Louisiana
• Will Powell, South Dakota
• Tyrel Kool, South Dakota State
• Cordell Roberson, Stephen F. Austin
• Gralyn Crawford, Stephen F. Austin
• Matt Brevi, Stony Brook
• Tim Benford, Tennessee Tech
• Joe Anderson, Texas Southern
• Julian Talley, UMass
• Stephen Shiver, UT-Martin
• Norman White, Villanova
• Terriun Crump, Western Illinois
• Ryan Moody, William & Mary
• Brenton Bersin, Wofford
College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) will release a preseason watch list each week until pre-season. The list of release dates is below. Find out more at: http://collegefootballperformance.com/CFPA_homepage.html

Remaining release Schedule:
2011 Linebacker Award (June 14, 2011)
2011 Defensive Back Award (June 21, 2011)
2011 Placekicker Award (June 28, 2011)
2011 Punter Award (July 5, 2011)
2011 Kickoff Returner Award (July 11, 2011)
2011 Punt Returner Award (July 18, 2011)