Goncalves, Mulumba Tshimanga Named to Preseason CFPA List
ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine linebackers Cabrinni Goncalves (Taunton, Mass.) and Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga (Laval, Quebec) have been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List.
"Congratulations to Cabrinni Goncalves and Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga on earning spots on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Maine will be well-positioned for success at linebacker in 2014."
Goncalves was the Black Bears' second leading tackler in 2013, making 101 stops including a team-high 15.0 for loss to go along with 6.5 sacks. Goncalves forced a pair of fumbles and added seven pass breakups as he ranked 15th in the Colonial Athletic Association in tackles per game (7.8) and ranked fifth in the league in tackles for loss (1.15).
Mulumba Tshimanga, the reigning CAA and ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year, also earned FCS All-New England first team honors and a CAA first team nod. A four-time CAA Rookie of the Week award winner, finished as Maine's leader in tackles with 118, fifth-most in the league. Mulumba Tshimanga also recorded a pair of interceptions to go along with 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Mulumba Tshimanga recorded the single-game league-high for tackles as he made 19 stops at Albany.
The initial watch list includes 38 linebackers, vying for the top linebacker award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.
The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.