In a letter notifying Trevathan of the award, CFPA Executive Director Bradley Smith wrote:
"The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients – selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
"After an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it was determined that you finished the 2011 season with the strongest linebacker performance in D-I FBS college football. As a result, your performance satisfies the strict criteria CFPA established for recognition.
"On behalf of everyone at CFPA -- Assistant Director Harold A. Smith, M.D., Academic Review Chair Paul Studtmann, Ph.D., Associate Director Kyle Mauk, M.D, and academic review associates, including former Science Advisor to President Obama, Lawrence Krauss, Ph.D., please accept our sincerest congratulations."
The CFPA will present Trevathan with a crystal trophy to signify the achievement.
"Congratulations to Danny Trevathan, recipient of the 2011 CFPA Linebacker Trophy," Smith said. "Trevathan earned the honor with his superlative on-field performance, notably in tackling and creating turnovers against strong opponents."
Trevathan's accomplishments during the 2011 season included:
-143 total tackles, ranking fifth in the nation and leading the SEC in tackles for the second-consecutive season
-Five fumbles forced, leading the nation's linebackers in that category
-Four pass interceptions, second in the nation among linebackers
-In addition, Trevathan had 11.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, five pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and five fumbles forced.
Trevathan, a senior from Leesburg, Fla., ends his UK career ranked 10th all-time on Kentucky's career tackle list with a total of 374 stops. Trevathan had a total of 20 games with double-figure tackles in his career, including a career-high 17 tackles in 2010 against Auburn, the eventual national champion, and also against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Georgia.