Oct. 10, 2011
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Missouri State senior Jermaine Saffold (Grandview, Mo.) was named Division I FCS National Wide Receiver of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards, the organization announced Monday (Oct. 10).
Saffold tallied the fourth-best single-game receiving effort in Missouri State history this week with five catches for 207 yards, two long touchdown plays and 270 all-purpose yards against visiting Illinois State. He scored on the Bears' first play from scrimmage, an 82-yard strike from Trevor Wooden, to give MSU an early lead. Later in the opening quarter, he scored from 91 yards out, the longest pass play in Plaster Field history and third-longest completion in program history.
He became just the sixth Missouri State receiver to collect 200 yards or more in a single game and the first since Steven Rush set a school record with 249 yards against Illinois State on Nov. 8, 2003. His two long touchdown catches rank third and seventh on the MSU list of longest passing plays and give him four TD grabs of 70 yards or more this season.
At the midway point in the 2011 campaign, Saffold has 21 receptions for 505 yards and six touchdowns. He has collected 99 career pass receptions for 1,813 yards and 14 scores, all of which rank in the program's all-time top 10. He currently ranks 21st nationally in receiving yards per game (84.2).
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. According to the CFPA website, its award recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. The CFPA claims to "eliminate the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards." For more information, please visit http://collegefootballperformance.com.