June 16, 2014
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Gabe Manzanares turned a lot of heads last season when he rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns for the UC Davis football team. The attention is staying strong after Manzanares was named on Monday to the 2014 CFPA Running Back Award Watch List.
The CFPA (College Football Performance Awards) has named 32 FCS players to its running back list ahead of the upcoming 2014 season. The CFPA will name a winner at each position following the season by using "objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams."
"Congratulations to Gabe Manzanares on earning a spot on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Manzanares had a tremendous season for the Aggies in 2013."
Manzanares, who will be entering his senior year with the Aggies this fall, transferred from City College of San Francisco prior to last season. He enjoyed an outstanding inaugural campaign for UC Davis, carrying the ball 259 times for 1,285 yards on his way to earning Big Sky Newcomer of the Year honors.
He broke out with a 208-yard rushing effort against Idaho State in the fifth game of the season and followed with 175 yards a week later at Southern Utah. He followed with 100-yard efforts in each of the five last games.
Manzanares' yards rank fifth for a season while his carries are third. He was also among the national FCS leaders for rushing yards and all-purpose yards.
Manzanares was one of three Big Sky players named to the watch list, joining Quincy Forte of Eastern Washington and Jordan Canada of Montana.
The CFPA is currently in its seventh season.
UC Davis will open the 2014 season at Stanford on Aug. 30 before hosting Ft. Lewis (Colo.) in the home-opener on Sept. 7. Season tickets are currently on sale by calling the UC Davis Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or here.