CHARLESTON, S.C. – University of New Hampshire senior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Running Back Award watch list on Monday, June 16.
The list comprises 38 returning running backs that are competing for the CFPA award as the one who increases the overall effectiveness of their team the most within the Football Championships Subdivision.
In the Wildcats' previous season Steriti led the way in the backfield by gaining 1,028 yards on 197 rushes while active in all 15 games. This marked the first time since 2002 that a UNH running back ran for more than 1,000 yards in a season. The 5-foot-11, 224-pound running back finished the season leading the team in rushing yards, attempts, and touchdowns (eight). Named to the All-Conference Second Team, Steriti placed fifth in rushing yards, attempts, and TDs within the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
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. For more information, visit www.collegefootballperformance.com.
Steriti had a big game against CAA rival University of Maine (Nov. 23), where he ran for 139 yards including a season-long 68 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. On 18 rushing attempts and averaging 7.7 yards per carry, Steriti helped lead the Wildcats past the fourth-ranked Black Bears, 24-3.
Other notable performances came against Lehigh University (Sept. 28) and the University of Rhode Island (Oct. 12), where Steriti ran for 116 yards and season-best 150 yards, including two TDs, respectively.
Steriti is the fourth Wildcat named to a CFPA watch list this summer. The previous honorees were Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.; linebacker), Steven Thames (Fort Washington, Md.; defensive back) and Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.; quarterback). Continue to follow Wildcat football to see if more UNH football players are honored.
After ending a record breaking 2013 campaign, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats open the 2014 season Saturday, August 30 (time TBA) at University of Toledo.
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