LOGAN, Utah – Utah State junior quarterback Jordan Love has been named to the 2019 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Year Watch List, it was announced Wednesday by the CFPA.
In all, Love is one of just 34 players named to the Watch List, including 2018 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy winner Tua Tagovailoa. Additionally, Love is one of just 28 quarterbacks to be recognized.
The 2019 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy is a 22-inch K-9 optic crystal tower with eight-inch crystal football on top. All FBS players are eligible for the award. The award winner will be announced January 15, 2020.
Love, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty HS), earned second-team all-Mountain West honors in 2018 as he set five school records with 32 touchdown passes, 3,567 passing yards, seven 300-yard passing games, 234 points responsible for and being named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week five times. Love also tied the single-season school record with a pair of 400-yard passing games. Furthermore, Love tied the single-game school record for touchdown passes with five against both UNLV and San José State, becoming just the fifth quarterback in school history to accomplish the feat.
Heading into his junior campaign, Love is 396-of-652 (.607) passing for 5,198 yards and 40 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions during his career, and ranks fourth all-time in school history in touchdown passes, tied for fourth in completion percentage, and 10th all-time in passing yards, completions and total offense (5,426).
Along with being named to the CFPA Watch List, Love has also been named to the Walter Camp Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, annually given to the nation’s best quarterback, as well as being named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. Additionally, Love was also named a preseason first-team all-Mountain West selection by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s Magazine and was named the MW Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
Utah State returns nine starters (O-2, D-7) as part of 31 letterwinners (O-13, D-16, S-2), including two All-Americans and eight players that earned various all-Mountain West honors, from last year’s team that ended the season ranked 21st in the final Amway Coaches poll and 22nd in the final AP poll as the Aggies tied the school record for wins and best record with an 11-2 mark following their 52-13 win against North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl.
Utah State opens the 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30, at Wake Forest, and begins the home portion of its schedule the following weekend against Stony Brook on Saturday, Sept. 7. Mountain West play begins for the Aggies at San Diego State on Saturday, Sept. 21.