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Bulls’ quarterback joins previous winners such a Derrick Henry, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston
After a record-breaking season leading USF to an 11-2 record, No. 19 national ranking and Birmingham Bowl victory, junior quarterback Quinton Flowers (Miami) has been named the 2017 College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year.
The award, presented since 2009, was announced Thursday by CFPA Executive Director Bradley C. Smith. The CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients and in their announcement said winners are “selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.”
The CFPA went on to say in a letter to Flowers, “after an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it was determined that you (Flowers) were responsible for the most overall team success of any player in Division I FBS college football.”
Flowers joins past CFPA Performer of the Year winners: Derrick Henry (Alabama), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Jameis Winston (Florida State), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Matt Barkley (USC), Cam Newton (Auburn) and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas). Flowers will receive a trophy consisting of a 22-inch K-9 crystal tower with an 8-inch K-9 crystal football on top.
Flowers shattered USF records for total yards (4,337), total touchdowns (42), rushing yards (1,530), rushing touchdowns (18) and passing touchdowns (24) while ranking in the top 20 nationally in 10 offensive categories. Flowers’ 1,530 rushing yards in 2016 rank as fifth-most ever by an FBS quarterback and were second only to Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson among quarterbacks on the season. He ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 7.73 yards per carry and was 10th in total offense, producing 334 yards per game.
Flowers set a USF record, producing nine games with at least 300 yards of total offense, including 366 yards and five touchdowns accounted for in the Bulls’ overtime victory over South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl in which he was named MVP.
Flowers led a USF offense that shattered school records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569 points) and ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense (43.8 ppg) while producing a nation-leading streak of 17-straight games scoring at least 30 points.
Via USF Athletics
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