Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, who announced on Jan. 2 that he would enter the 2015 NFL Draft, has been named the winner of the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Tight End Trophy.
Williams played in 12 games in 2014 and led the Gophers in receptions (36), receiving yards (569) and touchdowns (8) en route to being named First Team All-American by Sporting News, the Football Writers Association of America and by Phil Steele. He was responsible for 30.9% of the team’s receiving yards and 66.7% of the team’s receiving touchdowns.
Williams was named the Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year and was named All-Big Ten First Team by the coaches and media. He also became the third sophomore (redshirt) ever to be named a Mackey Award Finalist and was named a First Team Capital One Academic All-American.
Williams played in 25 games for Minnesota and ended his collegiate career with 61 receptions for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The CFPA, now in its seventh year, selects its winners based upon objective rankings of player and team performance. Twenty-eight individual CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections. Former CFPA winners at tight end include current NFL players: Jace Amaro (New York Jets), Coby Fleener (Indianapolis Colts), Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs), Lance Kendricks (St. Louis Rams) and Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens).
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