Underwood Earns 2012 CFPA FCS Defensive End Award
Colton Underwood
Colton Underwood

Jan. 2, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State junior defensive end Colton Underwood continues to collect postseason honors following a stellar junior season, as he earned the 2012 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Defensive End Award Tuesday.

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

After the numbers were analyzed by the organization, Underwood was found to have the strongest defensive end performance in Division I FCS college football during the 2012 season.

The Washington, Ill., native earned his third major postseason All-America on Dec. 19, when he was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. Underwood was also previously named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press and The Sports Network. He also finished sixth overall in the voting for the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award, which is awarded to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network.



Underwood led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in sacks (10.5) and tackles-for-loss (19.5) and ranked second on the team with 95 tackles. The 2012 All-MVFC First-Team selection and MVFC All-Academic Second-Team pick recorded at least one sack in eight games and tallied five multiple tackle-for-loss performances. He currently ranks No. 13 in the country in sacks per game and is tied for No. 12 in the FCS in tackles-for-loss per game.

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