Last year’s breakout UC Davis football star is poised to make a national impact in 2014 as Gabe Manzanares has been named to the College Football Performance Awards’ running back watch list.
Manzanares, who rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, is one of 32 Football Championship Subdivision backs on the CFPA’s list ahead of the upcoming season. The organization will name a winner at each position by using “objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.”
“Congratulations to Gabe Manzanares on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Manzanares had a tremendous season for the Aggies in 2013.”
Manzanares, who will be entering his senior year this fall, transferred from City College of San Francisco prior to last season, then ran for 1,285 yards on 259 carries to earn the Big Sky’s Newcomer of the Year award.
He broke out with a 208-yard rushing effort against Idaho State in the fifth game of the season and followed up with 175 yards at Southern Utah a week later. After posting 100-yard efforts in each of the Aggies’ last five contests, Manzanares’ single-season yards total ranked fifth in school history and his carries were third on the all-time list.
Manzanares is one of three Big Sky players named to the CFPA watch list, joining Eastern Washington’s Quincy Forte and Jordan Canada of Montana.
Notes: UCD starts the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at Stanford before Ft. Lewis (Colo.) comes to Aggie Stadium for the home opener on Sept. 7. … Season tickets are on sale now by calling the school’s ticket office at 530-752-AGS1 or visiting www.ucdavisaggies.com.