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20 Freshman FCS players named as Jerry Rice Award finalists

UAlbany QB Jeff Undercuffler has played lights out this year and has to be the leader of the Jerry Rice Awards in my opinion.

The Jerry Rice Award is awarded annually in the United States to the most outstanding freshman player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football as chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors. Here are the finalists:


(FCS Freshman Player of the Year – 20 Finalists)

  1. John Bachus III, QB, UT Martin
  2. Omar Brown, DB, Northern Iowa
  3. Tyrese Chambers, WR, Sacred Heart
  4. Ian Corwin, QB, Drake
  5. Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross
  6. Nick Eaton, LB, UC Davis
  7. Tra Fluellen, DB, Houston Baptist
  8. Ailym Ford, RB, Chattanooga
  9. Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin
  10. Tyler Hudson, WR, Central Arkansas
  11. Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, WR, Alabama A&M
  12. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
  13. Jalen Leary, RB, Stetson
  14. Jacob Roberts, LB, North Carolina A&T
  15. Keegan Shoemaker, QB, Lafayette
  16. Jake Stebbins, LB, Cornell
  17. Jeff Undercuffler, QB, UAlbany
  18. Tristan Wheeler, LB, Richmond
  19. Hajj-Malik Williams, QB, Campbell
  20. Javon Williams Jr., RB, Southern Illinois

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