The Citadel's Delaney Earns CFPA Elite Defensive Back Award

The Citadel's Delaney Earns CFPA Elite Defensive Back Award

CHARLESTON, SC - Dee Delaney is the 2015 FCS College Football Performance Awards Elite Defensive Back Award recipient, it was announced Wednesday.

Delaney adds another honor to a season of multiple recognitions. He was named a Walter Camp All-American, a first-team All-American by STATS and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and College Sports Madness. Delaney also was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection and the SoCon Defensive Player of the Month in September.

The sophomore from Seabrook, South Carolina, started all 13 games at cornerback and registered 46 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, five interceptions, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. His interception total led the SoCon, tied for eighth in FCS, and tied for sixth on The Citadel's single-season list. His 13 passes defended also tied for sixth on the program's single-season list. He led the Southern Conference in total passes defended and in passes defended in conference play with nine. Delaney has seven interceptions in his career and already is tied for ninth on The Citadel's all-time career list.

Delaney helped lead the Bulldogs' defense, which set a single-season school record with 515 interception return yards. The Citadel ranked first in FCS in interception return yards and tied for the most interception return touchdowns in the nation with five. The Bulldogs led the SoCon and ranked third in FCS with 20 interceptions, the third-highest single-season total in program history, and with 31 turnovers forced.

The College Football Performance Awards provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.