Stewart, Mathews Named to CFPA Watch Lists

July 2, 2014

HOUSTON – Houston Football junior defensive back Trevon Stewart and senior linebacker Derrick Mathews were recognized by CFPA (College Football Performance Awards) on the Defensive Back and Linebacker Trophy Preseason Watch Lists, respectively.

Stewart was one of just 42 FBS defensive backs named to the preseason watch list and just one of four from the American Athletic Conference.

The Patterson, La., defensive back led the nation in 2013 with 10 turnovers - a nation's best and UH single-season record six fumble recoveries and four interceptions. Stewart shared the team's Wilson Whitley Defensive MVP with Mathews and was third on the team with 109 tackles.

Mathews joins Stewart as the first two Houston players honored on CFPA Watch Lists this season as he was one of just 40 FBS linebackers recognized on the list and one of five linebackers from the American Athletic Conference to earn the recognition.

The Houston linebacker leads all active players nationally with 348 career tackles and 39 career tackles for loss. Mathews has started all 39 games of his career and has eclipsed the century mark in tackles his first three seasons with the Cougars. The team's Wilson Whitley Co-Defensive MVP in 2013, Mathews led all linebackers in The American last season with seven sacks.

For a complete list of the CFPA Defensive Back Trophy Watch List, click here.
For a complete list of the CFPA Linebacker Trophy Watch List, click here.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards 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 has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football. CFPA is now in its seventh season of player and team performance recognition. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.


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