PHILADELPHIA - Entering his senior season with the University of Pennsylvania football team, tight end Ryan O'Malley was named to the preseason watch list for the CFPA Tight End Award, given to the top individual tight end in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
"Congratulations to Penn's Ryan O'Malley on earning a spot on the CFPA Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "O'Malley will be one of the top Ivy League players to watch in 2014."
O'Malley is the second Penn player to be named to the CFPA Watch List, following senior linebacker Dan Davis. The initial watch list includes 36 tight ends from around the nation.
O'Malley started all 10 games last season and finished with 10 catches for 93 yards. He also pulled in a pair of touchdowns for the second straight season and had at least one catch in each of the last seven games.
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. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections, including Jadeveon Clowney, who was the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
CFPA is in its seventh season of player and team performance recognition across offense, defense, and special teams. The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015.
O'Malley and the Quakers will continue their quest for a league record-tying 17th Ivy title with preseason practice in August and the season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 20.