Posted on January 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM
After a sensational season that saw him break a NCAA Football Championship Subdivision record, junior wide receiver Brandon Kaufman has earned the 2012 FCS Wide Receiver Award from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
Kaufman finished the 2012 campaign with a NCAA record 1,850 receiving yards, closing the year with 93 total catches and 16 receiving touchdowns in 14 games. He averaged 19.9 yards per catch with a long of 93 yards.
He is the third Eastern Washington player to earn annual CFPA honors, following Bo Levi Mitchell (2011 CFPA FCS Elite Quarterback Award) and Taiwan Jones (2010 CFPA FCS Running Back Award). The CFPA Wide Receiver Award was previously earned by Elon's Aaron Mellette (2011) and Liberty's Chris Summers (2010), who is currently with the Minnesota Vikings.
The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients – selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. The organization determined that Kaufman finished the 2012 season with the strongest wide receiver performance in Division I FCS college football, satisfying the strict criteria CFPA has established for annual recognition.
Besides earning first team All-Big Sky Conference honors, Kaufman was selected to All-America teams picked by College Sports Madness (first team), Beyond Sports College Network (first team), The Sports Network (second team) and Associated Press (second team).
Kaufman broke the FCS record for single season receiving yards in EWU’s 45-42 loss in the FCS Playoffs to Sam Houston State on Dec. 15. He finished the season with 1,850 yards (93 receptions and 16 TD) to break the record of 1,712 previously held by Eddie Conti of Delaware in 1998. Kaufman finished the Sam Houston State game with nine catches for a career-high 215 yards and three touchdowns, with his yardage ranking fifth in school history.
A week earlier, Kaufman broke the Big Sky Conference record for single season receiving yards during EWU’s 51-35 victory over Illinois State. He finished with nine catches for 191 yards and three touchdowns, and his 17-yard TD catch in the third quarter gave EWU a 38-17 lead and broke the previous Big Sky record of 1,525 set by Weber State’s Tim Toone in 2008. Earlier in the game, Kaufman broke the school record of 1,453 set by Eric Kimble in 2004.
On single season lists, Kaufman’s 93 catches ranks second in school history (behind the school-record 95 that teammate Nicholas Edwards had in 2011), fifth in the Big Sky and 28th in FCS. His 16 touchdowns are third all-time at EWU and his average of 19.9 yards per catch was fifth in EWU history. In his last four games of the season, Kaufman had 37 catches for 741 yards (20.0 per catch) with six scores.
Kaufman had a career-high 11 catches for 201 yards (sixth-most in school history) versus Southern Utah on Oct. 27. He had 10 catches for 174 yards against Wagner on Dec. 1, and before that had nine catches for 161 yards against Portland State on Nov. 17, in which he had two sensational, highlight-reel catches after tipped balls.
Kaufman went over the 100-yard mark 11 times in the 2012 season and 19 times in his career thus far. He led the Big Sky and ranked second in FCS in receiving yards per game (132.1).
Because of hand and knee injuries requiring surgery, Kaufman received an injury redshirt in the 2011 season after playing in the first four games of the year. Kaufman, who is from Denver, Colo., and is a 2009 graduate of Heritage HS, now has 221 career catches (third in school history, seventh in Big Sky history) for 3,731 yards (second all-time at EWU, fourth in the Big Sky and 19th in FCS) and 33 touchdowns (second in school history).