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Buechel Named to Jerry Rice Award Watch List
Dillon Buechel leads the nation's FCS freshman quarterbacks in passing yards per game (289.8) and pass efficiency (147.4).
 
Dillon Buechel leads the nation's FCS freshman quarterbacks in passing yards per game (289.8) and pass efficiency (147.4).
 

Oct. 9, 2013

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - They arrive on campus holding the future of a college football program, but some freshmen aren't content to wait long for their turn.

Given the opportunity to be influential, they can show the future is now.

The top first-year player in the FCS, whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman, will win the Jerry Rice Award, now in its third season.

On Wednesday, The Sports Network announced its initial 20-player watch list for the 2013 Rice Award. Named for the legendary wide receiver, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, the Rice Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season.

The initial position breakdown is five quarterbacks, five linebackers, three running backs, two wide receivers, two defensive ends, one cornerback, one safety and one punter. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has the most nominees with three.

Towson running back Terrance West won the inaugural Rice Award in the 2011 season and Villanova quarterback John Robertson received the honor last season.

The Rice Award Watch List can undergo revision during the season. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

The initial 20 players on the Jerry Rice Award Watch List:

Mouf Adebo, DE, Sam Houston State, 6-foot-1, 225 pounds
Five games: 15 TT (10 solo), 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 PBU

Kourtney Berry, LB, Alabama State, 6-0, 210
Six games: 53 TT (26 solo), 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Trent Brittain, QB, Incarnate Word, 6-2, 195
Six games: 100-of-183, 1,170 yards, 7 TD, 3 INT, 117.7 passing efficiency; 52 carries, 205 yards, 1 TD

Devin Borders, WR, Eastern Kentucky, 6-5, 203
Six games: 21 receptions, 277 yards, 4 TD; 3 blocked kicks

Dillon Buechel, QB, DUQUESNE, 6-3, 176
Four games: 81-of-129, 1,159 yards, 6 TD, 4 INT, 147.4 passing efficiency
Buechel (pronounced BEE-kull), who has earned NEC Rookie of the Week honors twice (Sept. 2 & 23), has thrown for 1,159 yards and six TDs in his first four collegiate games. The 6-3, 176-pounder from nearby Montour High School ranks 12th nationally in passing yards per game (289.8 ypg.). Buechel came within five yards of becoming the first freshman in school history to throw for 300 yards in back-to-back games when he threw for 295 yards on Sept. 7 at Dayton. He followed that with 362 yards - three shy of the DU freshman record - at Youngstown State (he had 309 against Albany in the season opener on Aug. 31). Buechel is the first freshman to open the season under center for the Dukes since 2005.

Marcus Cox, RB, Appalachian State, 5-10, 185

Five games: 73 carries, 398 yards, 5 TD; 22 receptions, 415 yards, 5 TD

Lawrence Forbes, P, Morgan State, 6-4, 180
Six games: 24 punts, 45.8-yard average, 78 long, 8 inside 20, 6 50 yards-plus

Matt Johnson, QB, Charlotte, 6-3, 230
Six games: 132-of-206, 1,582 yards, 16 TD, 7 INT, 147.4 passing efficiency; 52 carries, 191 yards, 1 TD

Javancy Jones, DE, Jackson State, 6-2, 230
Six games: 29 TT (14 solo), 10.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 1 TD

Michael Jones, CB, North Carolina Central, 5-9, 175
Five games: 21 TT (14 solo), 1 TFL, 4 INT, 6 PBU

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington, 6-2, 195
Five games: 20 receptions, 418 yards, 7 TD

John Law, LB, Appalachian State, 6-0, 225

Five games: 57 TT (22 solo), 1 sack, 2 INT, 1 FR, 1 FF

Christophe Mulumba, LB, Maine, 6-1, 230
Six games: 47 TT (13 solo), 1.5 sacks, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR

Trenton Norvell, QB, Western Illinois, 6-5, 220

Six games: 84-of-165, 9 TD, 4 INT, 110.2 passing efficiency; 35 carries, 12 yards, 1 TD

Donald Payne, S, Stetson, 6-0, 191
Five games: 53 TT (35 solo), 6.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT, 7 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF, 2 TD

Peter Pujals, QB, Holy Cross, 6-2, 185

Four games: 71-of-108, 764 yards, 8 TD, 1 INT; 50 carries, 167 yards, 2 TD

Martin Ruiz, RB, Youngstown State, 5-11, 195
Six games: 88 carries, 491 yards, 10 TD; 9 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD; 109.7 all-purpose yards per game

Marquis Smith, LB, Savannah State, 6-3, 235

Six games: 60 TT (39 solo), 3.5 TFL

Gage Steele, LB, James Madison, 6-1, 230

Six games: 62 TT (23 solo), 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 1 FF

Payton Usher, RB, Mercer, 5-7, 162

Five games: 77 carries, 483 yards, 1 TD; 7 receptions, 74 yards; 129 all-purpose yards per game


 

 

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