CSU's Gillmore, Nwoke earn spots on 2012 CFPA offensive awards watch list
July 9, 2012
Athletic Media Relations
Charlotte, N.C. – Last week Colorado State senior punter Pete Kontodiakos was named to the College Football Performance Awards 2012 CFPA Punter Award preseason watch list and this morning the Rams added two more prospects to their respective watch lists.
Nwoke, a 6-foot, 213-pound junior, who is coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season is among 33 players selected to the preseason watch list. He is the only Mountain West running back to earn a spot on the list.
Each season Nwoke has seen an increase in touches and with more touches comes improved play. In his freshman campaign he rushed for 357 yards, which put him in the top-10 in the CSU record books for most rushing yards by a Rams freshman. Nwoke exploded onto the scene in 2011 as he rushed for 1,130 yards and nine touchdowns on his way to second-team all-MW honors. He was one of two running backs to rush for at least 232 yards in multiple games last season, joining Oregon’s LaMichael James.
Gillmore, a native of Bushland, Texas, is a defensive end turned tight end and this move has come with great success. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end is one of four Mountain West tight ends on a list comprised of the top-42 in the country.
Like Nwoke, Gillmore garnered second-team all-MW honors in 2011. Gillmore led the Rams in receptions (45), receiving yards (468), and touchdown catches (4). In 11 of 12 games he had three or more receptions. These numbers earned him a spot on the 2011 John Mackey Award midseason watch list.
Gillmore is the first tight end to lead the Rams in receiving since All-American Keli McGregor did it in 1984.
The Rams 2012 season begins in 54 days on Saturday, Sept. 1 as they take on in-state rival Colorado at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.