BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State sophomore quarterback Zac Thomas is one of 32 players nationally on the midseason watch list for the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Year Trophy.
Thomas leads the Sun Belt Conference and ranks among the top 20 quarterbacks nationally in season-long QBR (No. 9 at 81.9), yards per completion (No. 15 at 14.14), yards per pass attempt (No. 16 at 8.61) and passing efficiency (No. 19 at 154.5).
He has returned to practice since suffering an injury on the third play of the Georgia Southern game on Oct. 25 and sitting out his team’s 23-7 win at Coastal Carolina. In essentially his first six games as a college starter, Thomas completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,145 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions. He’s also averaged 6.2 yards per carry with 281 rushing yards and six touchdowns, including two of more than 50 yards.
After accounting for 313 total yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening game at Penn State, Thomas was named the CFPA’s National Player of the Week by going 14 of 14 passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns through the air at Charlotte. It marked the first time an App State or Sun Belt quarterback finished a game with at least 10 completions and no incompletions.
The CFPA watch list includes 28 quarterbacks and four running backs. Nine of the quarterbacks are from a Group of Five conference.
2018 CFPA Midseason National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List:
Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Alabama
Zac Thomas (QB), App State
Khalil Tate (QB), Arizona
Brett Rypien (QB), Boise State
Tyree Jackson (QB), Buffalo
Travis Etienne (RB), Clemson
Trevor Lawrence (QB), Clemson
Marcus McMaryion (QB), Fresno State
Jake Fromm (QB), Georgia
D’Eriq King (QB), Houston
Brock Purdy (QB), Iowa State
Benny Snell, Jr. (RB), Kentucky
Darrell Henderson (RB), Memphis
Brady White (QB), Memphis
Shea Patterson (QB), Michigan
Nick Fitzgerald (QB), Mississippi State
Drew Lock (QB), Missouri
Ryan Finley (QB), N.C. State
Mason Fine (QB), North Texas
Ian Book (QB), Notre Dame
Nathan Rourke (QB), Ohio
Dwayne Haskins (QB), Ohio State
Kyler Murray (QB), Oklahoma
Trace McSorley (QB), Penn State
David Blough (QB), Purdue
Eric Dungey (QB), Syracuse
Sam Ehlinger (QB), Texas
McKenzie Milton (QB), UCF
Jordan Love (QB), Utah State
Gardner Minshew (QB), Washington State
Will Grier (QB), West Virginia
Jonathan Taylor (RB), Wisconsin