June 28, 2013
BEAUMONT – For the second straight season, Lamar University punter Kollin Kahler has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason watch list.
Kahler is one of 32 returning performers recognized by the CFPA, the largest awards organization in Division I football, vying for the top individual punter award in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
A senior out of Waco, Kahler heads into his final season with a career average of 40.76 yards per punt which is the highest punting average in Lamar history. As a sophomore, Kahler boomed a 72-yard punt at Southeastern Louisiana to tie for the third longest in school history.
“Kollin is a three-year starter for us and we are looking for him to have a great senior season,” said LU head football coach Ray Woodard. “Not only has he performed well on the field, but he is an academic All-American, as well. I expect big things this year.”
Kahler was named honorable mention All-Southland Conference following his 2011 campaign when he averaged a career-best 42.34 yards per punt, and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Team after last season.
"Congratulations to Kollin Kahler on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "In 2012, Kahler produced a number of strong individual punting performances for Lamar."
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.
More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections. CFPA recipients performing as NFL punters include: Bryan Anger (California), Sam Martin (Appalachian State), Chas Henry (Florida), Drew Butler (Georgia), Shawn Powell (Florida State), Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State), Brandon McManus (Temple), and Patrick Murray (Fordham).
Kahler is the second Cardinal to be recognized by the CFPA this summer as fellow senior Branden Thomas was named to the watch list at defensive back.