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FCS Football Awards: Jerry Rice Award Finalists

On Monday, 16 finalists were announced for the Stats Perform FCS Jerry Rice Award. This award is presented to the national freshman player of the year in the FCS Spring Football season. This year will be the 10th time the award has been given out. The Jerry Rice Award winner will be announced on May 3rd.

A 40-member national media panel will select the winner of the award. Past winners include current Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, who is projected to go in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Check out the finalists below!

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Jerry Rice Award Finalists | FCS Football

Name, PositionSchoolStats
Bronson Barron, QBWeber State56/101 for 847 Yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT
Quinton “Pig” Cage, DBNicholls State30 Tackles, 11 TFL, 2.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 INT, 2 Passes Defended, 3 QB-Hits
Isaac Dowling, LBSouthern90 Tackles, 8.5 TFL, 6.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 2 QB-Hits, 3 Passes Defended
Draylen Ellis, QBAustin Peay104/201 for 1,270 Yards, 14 TDs, 4 INT, 2 Rushing TDs
Ty French, DEGardner-Webb34 Tackles, 8 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery, 9 QB-Hits, 1 Pass Defended, 1 Blocked Kick
Mark Gronowski, QBSouth Dakota State76/133 for 1,051 Yards, 8 TDs, 3 INT, 383 Rushing Yards, 6 Rushing TDs
Billy Lucas, RBDuquesne66 Carries for 297 Yards, Two TDs
Seth Morgan, QBVMI92/121 for 1,088 Yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT, 198 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing TDs
Tony Muskett, QBMonmouth51/82 for 742 Yards, 8 TDs, 0 INT
Ryan Nettles, QBAlabama State84/144 for 917 Yards, 8 TDs, 5 INTs, 110 Rush Yards, 1 Rushing TD
Tommy Schuster, QBNorth Dakota100/153 for 992 Yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs
Matthew Sluka, QBHoly Cross10/14 for 111 Yards and 2 TDs, 1 INT, 212 Rushing Yards, 4 Rushing TDs
Devon Starling, RBTennessee State124 Carries for 647 Yards, 3 TDs
Keyon Turner, CBValparaiso25 Tackles, 2 TFL, 4 INTs, 2 Passes Defended, 2 Fumble Recoveries, 1 QB-Hit
Jared Verse, DEAlbany22 Tackles, 10 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 QB-Hit, 1 Blocked Kick
Cameron Ward, QBIncarnate Word183/303 for 2,260 Yards, 24 TDs, 4 INTs, 2 Rushing TDs
Jerry Rice Award Finalists

Other FCS Football Awards Given Out

Walter Payton Award: Given to the best offensive player during the 2021 FCS Spring Football season.

Buck Buchanan Award: Given to the best defensive player during the 2021 FCS Spring Football season.

Eddie Robinson Award: Coach of the Year award in the FCS.

Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year: This Award will be given out for the fifth time to an FCS football student-athlete who excels not only on the field and in the classroom, but the community as well.


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