Eckhaus named to Stats Perform Jerry Rice Award Watch Listing

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Bryant University freshman quarterback Zevi Eckhaus is certainly one of 22 gamers named to the Stats Perform FCS Jerry Rice Award watch listing, which is introduced to the nationwide freshman of the yr in school soccer’s Division I subdivision, on Wednesday.

Eckhaus, who’s the primary Bulldog to ever earn recognition on the Jerry Rice Award watch listing, is certainly one of two gamers from the Northeast Conference to make the listing. The listing consists of 4 quarterbacks, 4 operating backs, 4 broad receivers, a defensive lineman, 5 linebackers, three defensive backs and one kicker. 

After approaching in aid within the season opener at Rhode Island, Eckhaus has began every of Bryant’s final seven video games, going 5-2 as a starter. He’s having fun with one of the best season for a rookie quarterback at school historical past, finishing 166-of-268 (61.9%) passes for 1,605 yards, 13 touchdowns and simply two interceptions. Eckhaus is averaging 200.6 passing yards per recreation and 223.6 yards of whole offense per recreation. He has posted 200+ passing yards and a couple of+ passing touchdowns in every of his final 5 video games, incomes NEC Rookie of the Week honors in every of these weeks. Among freshmen quarterbacks nationally, Eckhaus ranks fourth in passing yards per recreation, second in passing touchdowns, third in whole passing yards, second in factors accountable for, second in completions per recreation and third in whole offense.

The Rice Award, now in its eleventh season, is known as for the legendary Hall of Fame broad receiver. Past recipients embrace Los Angeles Rams broad receiver Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington), Arizona Cardinals operating again Chase Edmonds (Fordham) and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (North Dakota State).

Joining the Rice Award watch listing:

Quarterback
Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State (MVFC)
Zevi Eckhaus, Bryant (NEC)
RJ Martinez, Northern Arizona (Big Sky)
Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State (SWAC)

Running Back
Elijah Burris, Hampton (Big South)
Kobe Dillon, Southern (SWAC)
Darius Hale, Central Arkansas (ASUN)
Sy’Veon Wilkerson, Delaware State (MEAC)

Wide Receiver
Nate Bennett, Portland State (Big Sky)
Jacari Carter, Merrimack (NEC)
Drae McCray, Austin Peay (OVC)        
Jalyn Witcher, Presbyterian (Pioneer)

Defensive Line
Thor Griffith, Harvard (Ivy)
Josiah Silver, New Hampshire (CAA)

Linebacker
James Conway, Fordham (Patriot)
Rodney Dansby, Houston Baptist (Southland)
Tyler King, Stony Brook (CAA)
Bryce Norman, Southeast Missouri (OVC)

Defensive Back
Marsean Fisher, Tarleton (WAC)
Andreas Keaton, Western Carolina (Southern)
Dominick Poole, The Citadel (Southern)

Place-kicker
Blake Gessner, Montana State (Big Sky)

To be eligible for the Rice Award, a freshman cannot have surpassed 4 video games performed in a single earlier tutorial yr – just like the NCAA’s common redshirt rule. More gamers can be part of the watch listing earlier than a 50-member, nationwide media panel selects the winner following the common season.

Also this season, Stats Perform will current the Walter Payton Award (FCS offensive participant of the yr), Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive participant of the yr), Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the yr) and Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


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