July 14, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior Nick Diaz is one of 40 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the College Football Performance Awards Placekicker of the Year Trophy Watch List that was announced Monday.
Diaz is one of six Mountain West players named to the College Football Performance Awards Placekicker of the Year Trophy Watch List along with Air Force's Will Conant, Boise State's Dan Goodale, Colorado State's Jared Roberts, Nevada's Brent Zuzo and San José State's Austin Lopez. Diaz is also one of just two placekickers from the state of Utah recognized along with Utah's Andy Phillips.
Diaz, a 5-8, 182-pounder from Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS) earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a junior in 2013 as he ranked second in the conference in extra point percentage (.981), fourth in the conference and 43rd in the nation in field goals made per game (1.21), sixth in the conference and 59th in the nation in field goal percentage (.739), and ninth in the conference and 72nd in the nation in scoring (7.3 ppg). He finished his junior season converting 51-of-52 extra points to rank second all-time in school history in both categories, while his 98.0 extra point percentage ranked ninth. Overall, he was 17-of-23 on field goals during the year to rank fifth and seventh in school history, respectively.
Diaz, who finished the 2013 season first on the team with 102 points scored, was also named a Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Special Teams Player of the Week during his junior season as he set career-highs for field goals made and attempted at San José State as he was 4-of-4, including a season-long of 45 yards. Those four made field goals are the most by an Aggie since 1999 and the 16 total points accounted for in the game are the second-most in Mountain West history.
For his career, Diaz ranks second all-time in school history with 91 extra points made and third all-time with 92 extra point attempts. He also ranks third all-time at USU with a career extra point percentage of 98.9 percent, seventh all-time in school history with 27 career made field goals and eighth all-time with his 36 career field goal attempts.
The full list of 2014 College Football Performance Award winners will be announced January 14, 2015.
Utah State returns 14 starters (O-6, D-5, S-3) as part of 38 letterwinners (O-17, D-18, S-3) from last year's 9-5 team that won the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference, played in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game and defeated No. 24 Northern Illinois, 21-14, in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Utah State concluded the 2013 season by winning six of its final seven games to tie the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history. With its win against Northern Illinois, Utah State posted back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in school history as it played in its third-straight bowl game, also a first at USU. Utah State also set the school record for conference wins as it posted a 7-1 league mark in its first season in the Mountain West.
Utah State ended the year ranking tied for 37th nationally in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls with two votes each, marking the second time in as many years that USU has concluded the season ranked among the top teams in the nation as the 2012 team was ranked 16th in the final AP poll, 17th in the final coaches' poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
Utah State will open the 2014 season on Sunday, Aug. 31 at Tennessee and play its first home game the following weekend against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
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About College Football Performance Awards
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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