FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) - North Dakota State linebacker Jabril Cox is one of 17 players named Wednesday, Oct. 25, to the watch list for the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award, which has been presented annually since 2011 to the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Cox, a redshirt freshman from Kansas City, Mo., leads the Bison with 32 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in seven games. He made four tackles and had one sack in his first collegiate start last week against Western Illinois.
Cox is a two-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Week and was named the STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week after the win at Youngstown State, where he made a season-high eight tackles, registered two sacks, and made a key tackle for loss in overtime to force a third-and-13 that led to a missed field goal in the Bison win.
He is the first NDSU player nominated for the Jerry Rice Award, which is named after the NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver who played for Mississippi Valley State.
Previous winners were Towson running back Terrance West in 2011, Villanova quarterback John Robertson in 2012, Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp in 2013, Fordham running back Chase Edmonds in 2014, Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus in 2015, and Duquesne running back A.J. Hines in 2016.
The watch list will undergo change during the season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on 20 finalists following the regular season.
2017 STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List
Bryson Armstrong, LB, Kennesaw State
Grant Breneman, QB, Colgate
Davis Cheek, QB, Elon
Jabril Cox, LB, North Dakota State
Zane Dudek, RB, Yale
Wesley Dugger, RB, Davidson
Reynard Ellis, LB, Furman
Jaron Grayer, LB, Maine
Pete Guerriero, RB, Monmouth
Gresch Jensen, QB, Montana
Torrance Marable, RB, Presbyterian
Franklin "Mac" McCain III, CB, North Carolina A&T
Caylin Newton, QB, Howard
Kaelan Riley, QB, Mercer
Daniel Smith, QB, Campbell
Isaiah Totten, RB/KR, North Carolina Central
Mark Williams, CB, Eastern Illinois