Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University football return specialist, Julian Mallory, was placed on the College Football Performance (CFPA) Punt Returner Award List for the start of the 2011 season.
Mallory is the first Tiger placed on a college football award watch list for the upcoming year. Through the season, players can be added to several outlets' award list based on their performance on the year.
He joins 13 other Ohio Valley Conference players on the CFPA special teams list including four on the punt returner watch.
In his first season on the football roster, Mallory, a member of the Flying Tigers (men's track and field), broke the TSU Football record on national television in punt returns in a game registering five against Florida A&M in the Atlanta Football Classic.
In the game, he recorded his best performance of the year in punt return yardage. He totaled 111 yards scraping off his longest return of the season for 39. He also added 22 yards from two kickoff returns with a long of 21.
His 133 all-purpose yards that day helped TSU snap an eight-game skid with a 29-18 win over FAMU. For the season, he finished second on the team in the punt return category with 13 returns for 106 yards averaging 8.2 yds/return.
Mallory is one-of-two specialists to pull kick/punt return duty in 2010. He led the Tigers with 15 kickoff returns for 314 yards posting a 20.9 yds/return average.
He finished the final game of the 2010 season with his top performance in kickoff returns against Murray State. He totaled 134 yards on five returns registering his longest return of 35 yards. He finished one shy of tying the TSU record in kickoff returns in a game.
In nine games played, Mallory closed out the season with 416 all-purpose yards averaging 46.2 per game. He tacked on one reception and posted his longest kickoff return of 46 yards against Tennessee Martin.
The purpose of the CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA is the only awards organization to receive praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.
The watch lists included the following categories: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive line, linebacker, defensive back, placekicker, punter, kickoff returner and punt returner.
Throughout the summer the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) have been releasing preseason watch lists for players in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The list highlights players whose performance mertis recognition heading into the 2011 season.
Last year, six Tigers captured CFPA weekly honors. Calvin McNairl (WR), Dante' Thomas (RB), Rayshawn Weatherspoon (KR), Taylor Cisneros (P) and Jeremy Perry (QB) were given honorable mentions for their position during the week.
Preston Brown received an honorable mention last year in addition to receiving Running Back Performer of the Week.