CHARLESTON, SC - The Citadel football B-Back Tyler Renew is on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Player of the Year Trophy Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.
Renew has earned numerous preseason accolades this summer. The senior was also named a preseason All-American by STATS and Athlon Sports as well as a preseason All-Southern Conference selection by the conference's coaches.
Renew was a first-team STATS All-American in 2015 after he appeared in all 13 games with nine starts and compiled 839 yards and five touchdowns on 162 carries. He ranked seventh in the Southern Conference in rushing yards, and his 5.18 yards-per-carry average was eighth. The Columbia, South Carolina, native had his best game in his hometown, rushing for a career-high 174 yards and a career-high two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 23-22 win at South Carolina to earn SoCon Offensive Player of the Week honors. His rushing total was the highest allowed by the Gamecocks at home since Darren McFadden rushed for 219 yards in 2006 and was higher than five teams' rushing totals against South Carolina in 2015. The next week, Renew was one of a school-record four 100-yard rushers in The Citadel's 41-38 win at Coastal Carolina, the first road playoff win in school history, gaining 129 yards with one touchdown on a career-high 28 carries.
The Citadel opens its 2016 season with two straight SoCon games, beginning at Mercer on Sept. 1 before the home opener Sept. 10 against Furman, which also is the Bulldogs' Military Appreciation game. The season opener in Macon, Georgia, is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast on FOX Sports Southeast.