Towson's RB Honored As Most Outstanding FCS Freshman
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It was a season that almost wasn't for Towson freshman running back Terrance West, as he nearly redshirted and sat out the first game of the season.
But, after his redshirt was lifted, teams couldn't keep the 5-foot-11, 222-pound freshman out of the end zone. West rushed for 27 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking No. 1 in the FCS.
Friday night, West was honored with the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, which is awarded to the outstanding freshman in the FCS. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.
Christian Bryan, Youngstown State, WR, 5-10, 180
The Penguins' big-play threat grabbed 45 passes for 719 yards (the FCS high for freshmen). He caught six touchdowns.
Mike Crutcher, Missouri State, FS, 6-2, 198
The redshirt freshman collected 83 tackles with one interception and three pass breakups. He had 13 tackles against North Dakota State.
Chuck Dibilo, Princeton, RB, 5-11, 200
The first freshman in Ivy League history to rush for over 1,000 yards, Dibilo finished with 1,068 yards. He scored eight total touchdowns.
Michael German, Tennessee State, QB, 6-2, 215
German was elevated to starter in October and finished the season by throwing for 1,899 yards and 12 touchdowns. He did not throw an interception in his first 137 attempts.
D'Vonte Grant, North Carolina A&T, LB, 5-11, 215
The active redshirt frosh totaled a team-high 87 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, two quarterback hits, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.
R.J. Harris, New Hampshire, WR, 6-0, 194
The redshirt freshman was spectacular in September, then finished the season with 46 receptions for 658 yards and seven touchdowns.
Julian Hayes, Monmouth, RB, 5-10, 220
A workhorse, Hayes rushed for 805 yards and 14 touchdowns on 216 carries. He scored four touchdowns in a game and three touchdowns in two other games.
Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, QB, 6-1, 190
In completing nearly 71 percent of his passes, Heinicke was 165 of 233 for 1,770 yards and 15 touchdowns with only one interception. He rushed for 263 yards and three touchdowns.
David Johnson, Northern Iowa, RB, 6-3, 214
The No. 2-ranked Panthers have relied heavily on its redshirt freshman, who rushed for 730 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season.
Dillon Lucas, Villanova, LB, 6-0, 215
A consistent player, Lucas averaged 8.4 tackles to lead FCS freshmen. He had 51 solos among his 92 total tackles.
Brady Measom, Southern Utah, WR, 5-9, 165
Part of a deep receiving corps at Southern Utah, Measom had 48 receptions for 547 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an 12.3-yard average on 15 punt returns.
Greg McGhee, Howard, QB, 6-3, 200
A mobile left-hander, he was a threat as a passer (182 of 321 for 1,784 yards and 13 touchdowns) or a runner (388 yards, four touchdowns) for the resurgent Bison.
Jake Miller, Eastern Washington, Punter, 6-5, 205
A transfer from Washington State, Miller came on strong during his redshirt freshman season, averaging 44.2 yards per punt. He booted 10 punts of at least 50 yards.
Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette, RB, 6-0, 190
The all-around standout ranked 40th in the FCS with 127.5 all-purpose yards per game in the regular season. He rushed for 499 yards and also was a threat as a receiver and kick returner.
Neal Sterling, Monmouth, WR, 6-3, 235
Sterling led all FCS freshmen in receptions (57) and was second in receiving yards (677) in the regular season. He caught five touchdowns.
Austin Sumner, South Dakota State, QB, 6-5, 230
After the Jackrabbits turned the offense over to the redshirt freshman, he had five 300-yard games in his seven starts. He set a Missouri Valley Conference record for freshmen with 2,382 passing yards while firing 16 touchdowns.
Jordan Wells, Southeastern Louisiana, RB/KR, 5-11, 195
The redshirt freshman shattered the Southland Conference record for kickoff return yards in a season with 1,383 on 52 returns (26.5-yard average). He had 265 return yards against Central Arkansas.
Terrance West, Towson, RB, 5-11, 222
West led all FCS freshmen with 1,242 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns in the regular season. He scored at least two touchdowns in nine games.
Brandon White, San Diego, WR, 6-3, 195
While the Toreros won a share of the Pioneer Football League title, White caught 45 passes for 561 yards and five touchdowns.
Will Whitman, Harvard, OT, 6-6, 260
The first freshman offensive lineman to start under veteran head coach Tim Murphy, Whitman has 53 knockdowns and was excellent on pass protection. The Crimson ranked third in scoring in the FCS in the regular season.
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