North Dakota State University's Carlton Littlejohn and Grant Olson two of 35 student-athletes named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Linebacker Watch List announced June 10 by executive director Brad Smith.
Littlejohn, a 6-foot-1, 219-pound junior from Minneapolis, Minn. (North Community H.S.), was third on the team with 86 tackles from his Sam linebacker position including 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He had a pair of interceptions and blocked a field goal in the 23-20 win over Georgia Southern in the NCAA FCS semifinals last year.
Olson, a 6-foot, 222-pound senior from Plymouth, Minn. (Wayzata H.S.), led the Bison with 148 tackles from his middle linebacker position including 51 solos, 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a pair of fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He set a school record with 29 tackles in the 14-7 win over Wofford College in the NCAA FCS quarterfinals last season.
Littlejohn and Olson are the sixth and seventh Bison players to earn a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch Lists this spring, following quarterback Brock Jensen, running back Sam Ojuri, tight end Kevin Vaadeland, and defensive ends Kyle Emanuel and Cole Jirik. Two NDSU players have previously earned CFPA annual honors: 2010 CFPA Punter Award winner John Prelvitz and 2011 CFPA Defensive Back Award winner Marcus Williams.
All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
North Dakota State opens the 2013 season on Aug. 30 at Kansas State, televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.
2013 College Football Peformance Awards FCS Linebacker Watch List
Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman
Evan Byers, Bucknell
Nick Dzubnar, Cal Poly
Wes Dothard, Chattanooga
Carl Robinson, The Citadel
Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina
Kris Kent, Colgate
Jeff Williams, Delaware
Dorian Bell, Duquesne
Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington
Stephon Robertson, James Madison
Nigel Muhammad, Lehigh
Nick Sigmon, Liberty
Dan Sullivan, Monmouth
Brock Coyle, Montana
Jordan Tripp, Montana
Ra'a Moeakiola, Montana State
Carlton Littlejohn, North Dakota State
Grant Olson, North Dakota State
Lynden Trail, Norfolk State
Jake Farley, Northern Iowa
Caleb Taylor, Old Dominion
Dan Davis, Pennsylvania
Donelle Williams, Presbyterian
Justin Sexton, Sacred Heart
Justin Hughes, South Carolina State
Tyler Starr, South Dakota
T.J. Lally, South Dakota State
Bryan Presume, Southern Illinois
Anthony Balancier, Southern University
Zak Browning, Southern Utah
Monte Gaddis, Towson
Ben Johnson, UT-Martin
Alvin Scioneaux, Wofford