July 1, 2013
Three Commodore seniors - Andre Hal, Jonathan Krause and Carey Spear - have been named today to preseason watch lists by College Football Performance Awards.
Hal, from Port Allen, La., was named as a candidate for CFPA's Kickoff Returner Trophy. Krause, a product of Snellville, Ga., is among those named as a prospect for the CFPA Punt Returner Trophy. Spear, of Mayfield Village, Ohio, is under consideration for the CFPA Placekicker Trophy.
Word of CFPA's preseason watch lists for the nation's top specialists comes one week before the National College Football Awards Association starts unveiling its candidates for 21 prestigious postseason awards.
Hal, a second-team All-SEC defensive back last year, has averaged 23.4 yards on 53 career kickoff returns, including a 96-yarder for a touchdown against Georgia in 2011. In 2012, he shared the team's return duties with Brian Kimbrow, who averaged 22.1 yards.
Hal has been named to virtually every All-SEC preseason ballot this summer, and was recognized as a preseason All-America defensive back by Athlon.
Krause became one of the SEC's top punt returners last year, averaging 11.2 yards on 25 returns. He also became the first Commodore in 45 years to return two punts for scores during the 2012 season.
Spear also is coming off an all-conference campaign in 2012 after setting new Commodore kicking records with 20 field goals conversions and 87 total points scored.
Spear earned second team All-SEC honors from Associated Press writers after converting 83.3 percent of his field goals, including 15-of-15 attempts inside the 43-yard line.