July 7, 2014
CHARLESTON, S.C. - UC Davis' Brady Stuart, who made a school-record 17 field goals last season and has 32 in his career, has been added to the 2014 College Football Performance Award Placekicker Watch List, its' been announced.
He's among a group of 32 placekickers at the Football Championship Subdivision level who have been named to the CFPA Watch List. Stuart is also the second Aggie named to a preseason watch list by the CFPA, joining running back Gabe Manzanares who received mention last month.
Stuart, a junior from Newhall, California who earned All-Big Sky Conference third-team honors in 2013, broke Eddie Loretto's school record of 16 made field goals in 1985. He came within one field goal of tying that mark during his redshirt freshman season in 2012.
Stuart made 10 consecutive field goals over the last four games of the 2013 season and ranked ninth in the FCS at 1.4 field goals per game. He was twice named Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week, helping highlight his year with four field goals against North Dakota.
"Congratulations to Brady Stuart on earning a spot on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Stuart will be one of the top Big Sky Conference players to watch in 2014."
Stuart is tied for third on the Aggies' career field goal list with Rafael Fernandez (1989-93). Loretto's 47 field goals from 1985-88 sit atop the list.
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."
UC Davis will open preparations for the 2014 season early next month. They'll play at Stanford on Aug. 30 before returning to face Fort Lewis (Colo.) at Aggie Stadium on Sept. 6.