Editor’s Note: Information From College Football Performance Awards & Marist Athletics Both Used In This Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2013 CFPA FCS Tight End Award, and Marist rising senior tight end David Diomede (Park Ridge, N.J.) earned a spot on the list. The preliminary watch list highlights 32 returning performers, vying for the top tight end honor in the Football Championship Subdivision.

“Congratulations to David Diomede on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Diomede will be one of the top players to watch in the PFL in 2013.”

Last season, Diomede appeared in all 11 games, and finished with five receptions for 67 yards. His longest catch of the year was for 18 yards. He averaged 13.4 yards per catch and had one touchdown on the year. Diomede has seen increased playing time the last two seasons, and is in line for an increased role this season with the departure of two-year starter Anthony Calcagni.

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.

Currently, there are 111 CFPA recipients listed on official 2013 NFL rosters. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections. Past CFPA recipients include: Colin Kaepernick, Trent Richardson, Dez Bryant, Von Miller, Patrick Peterson, Earl Thomas, Blair Walsh, Dennis Pitta, and C.J. Spiller.

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.

For more information, visit the Official CFPA Website (http://www.collegefootballperformance.com). Follow CFPA on Twitter @CFPerformance.

The Marist football team will begin its 2013 season, its fifth as a member of the Pioneer Football League, on Saturday, Aug. 31 with a non-league home game against Sacred Heart.

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