ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine defensive backs Jamal Clay (Mahwah, N.J.) and Kendall James (Roselle, N.J.) have each been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Back Award Watch List as announced by the organization on June 15.
"Congratulations to Jamal Clay and Kendall James on earning spots on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Both players will challenge CAA Football offensive coordinators in gameday preparation for 2013."
Maine is one of only four programs to have multiple players earn spots on the 2013 CFPA Defensive Back Award Watch List. Clay and James join teammates Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.), Justin Perillo (Wilmington, Del.) and Michael Cole (North Brunswick, N.J.) on the 2013 CFPA Watch List.
Clay totaled 64 tackels last season with eight pass breakups while recovering two fumbles and forcing one. James added 45 tackles with a team-high 12 pass breakups to go along with a pair forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Clay and James led the Black Bears with three interceptions each.
All CFPA 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. 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.
The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014.