Missouri State senior Jordan Chiles (Hillsboro, Ill.) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List for Division I punters in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision. The list of 42 of the nation’s top punters was compiled to highlight players whose performances merit preseason recognition and may ultimately be considered for the CFPA Performer of the Year honors at the end of the season.
In 2010, Chiles averaged 38.3 yards per punt which ranked sixth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and 56th nationally. Of his 56 punts during his junior season, 28 were fair caught or downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He was on the MVFC Academic All-Conference second team and finished 18th in the MVFC in scoring (4.36) with a five field goals and a perfect 33-for-33 in extra points.
He earned All-MVFC honorable mention distinction his sophomore year in 2009 and earned a spot on the Valley All-Newcomer team in 2008. He finished 24th nationally in punting average in 2009 (40.1).
Chiles is the fourth Missouri State player to be named to the CFPA Preseason Watch Lists, joining running back Chris Douglas (Sr., Lawrenceville, Ga.), wide receiver Jermaine Saffold (Sr., Grandview, Mo.), and cornerback Jimmie Strong (Sr., Texarkana, Texas).
The Bears will kick off the 2011 season at Arkansas on Sept. 3.