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College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for defensive linemen, and Damon Gresham-Chisholm earned a spot on the list. The preliminary watch list highlights 38 returning performers, vying for the top individual defensive end and defensive tackle awards in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

A 6-3, 250-pound sophomore from Covington, GA, Gresham-Chisholm came on strong last season, recording 28 solos, 13 assisted tackles, a whopping 18 tackles for losses, 5 sacks, 9 QB hurries, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.  The tackles for losses and the the forced fumbles ranked him in the Top 5 in the FCS in those categories.

"Congratulations to Damon Gresham-Chisholm on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Gresham-Chisholm will be one of the top players to watch in the MEAC in 2013."

For his efforts last season, Gresham-Chisholm was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year and a first team selection, making him the first player in school history to earn that double distinction.
Former Howard star Keith Pough earned the CFPA Elite Linebacker Award after a stellar 2010 season.

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. Past CFPA winners include: Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Trent Richardson (Alabama), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Kendall Wright (Baylor), Whitney Mercilus (Illinois), Von Miller (Texas A&M), Patrick Peterson (LSU), Lance Kendricks (Wisconsin), C.J. Spiller (Clemson), Sam Acho (Texas), Chas Henry (Florida), and Bryan Anger (California).

Last season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned the 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple earned the 2012 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy. Multiple award presentations were broadcast live nationally on ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, as well as internationally on BYUtv.

The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014.