Jun 24, 2013 7:53 PM by Andrew Masuda
Senior kicker Bobby Zalud has become Cal Poly's fifth player named to the College Football Performance Awards watch lists for the 2013 season. The 5-7 Zalud was a perfect 55 for 55 on his PAT kicks last fall. He also made 12 of 16 field goals. His 91 points scored led the Mustangs and set an all-time school record for points scored by a kicker.
Zalud also handled punting duties in 2012, averaging 40.6 yards per punt with a long of 62 yards. A total of 12 punts ended up inside the 20-yard line. Zalud also averaged 63.5 yards on 79 kickoffs with 41 touchbacks.
Zalud's longest field goal was 51 yards against both Wyoming and Eastern Washington. At Arkansas State in 2011, Zalud kicked a 56-yard field goal against Memphis.
Mustang junior linebacker Nick Dzubnar was added to the CFPA watch list for linebackers last week, joining senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz, junior running back Kristaan Ivory and junior wide receiver Willie Tucker.
Zalud is one of 32 returning players on the placekickers watch list, including eight others from the Big Sky Conference.
College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, selects players 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.
The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014.
Cal Poly opens its 2013 season August 31 against San Diego at 4:05 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
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