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Originally published: 2013-11-26 14:45:32
Last modified: 2013-11-26 17:06:02

Cox, Critcher nominated for Rice Award

by Staff Reports

Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox is a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the top freshman in the FCS by The Sports Network.

Cox gained 1,250 yards and scored 15 touchdowns rushing in 12 games for the Mountaineers this season. Cox also gained 559 yards on 43 receptions and scored six touchdowns.

Cox was named Freshman of the Year by the Southern Conference coaches and media Tuesday.

His teammate, punter Bentlee Critcher, is also a finalist. Critcher averaged 45.9 average on 51 punts. His longest punt went for 63 yards, and he put 15 punts inside the 20-yard line. Critcher also had 18 punts that went for at least 50 yards.

 

Jerry Rice nominees

Marcus Cox, Appalachian State, Running Back

12 games: 245 carries, 1,250 yards, 15 TD; 43 receptions, 559 yards, 6 TD

Bentlee Critcher, Appalachian State, Punter

12 games: 51 punts, 45.9-yard average, 63 long, 15 inside 20, 18 50 yards-plus

Kourtney Berry, Alabama State, Linebacker

11 games: 97 TT (51 solo), 11.5 TFL, 6 Sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FR

Austin Black, Southeast Missouri State, Defensive Tackle

12 games: 52 TT (30 solo), 9.5 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 1 QBH, 1 BLK

Dillon Buechel, Duquesne, Quarterback

11 games: 217-of-373, 2,569 yards, 14 TD, 15 INT, 120.4 passing efficiency

Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T, Running Back

11 games: 195 carries, 1,148 yards, 8 TD; 11 receptions, 152 yards, 1 TD

Marcus Cox, Appalachian State, Running Back

12 games: 245 carries, 1,250 yards, 15 TD; 43 receptions, 559 yards, 6 TD

Bentlee Critcher, Appalachian State, Punter

12 games: 51 punts, 45.9-yard average, 63 long, 15 inside 20, 18 50 yards-plus

Lawrence Forbes, Morgan State, Punter

12 games: 52 punts, 43.8-yard average, 78 long, 15 inside 20, 11 50 yards-plus

Matt Johnson, Charlotte, Quarterback

11 games: 223-of-371, 2,581 yards, 21 TD, 12 INT, 130.8 passing efficiency; 96 carries, 418 yards, 3 TD

Javancy Jones, Jackson State, Defensive End

10 games: 48 TT (21 solo), 12 TFL, 5 Sacks, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FF, 1 TD

Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Wide Receiver

12 games: 77 receptions, 1,378 yards, 18 TD; 121.2 all-purpose yards per game

Christophe Mulumba, Maine, Linebacker

12 games: 105 TT (29 solo), 4 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR

RJ Noel, Sacred Heart, Quarterback

12 games: 167-of-315, 2,037 yards, 23 TD, 7 INT, 127.0 passing efficiency; 119 carries, 665 yards, 7 TD

Donald Payne, Stetson, Safety

11 games: 113 TT (71 solo), 16 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 2 INT, 12 PBU, 3 QBH, 3 FR, 2 FF, 2 TD

Peter Pujals, Holy Cross, Quarterback

10 games: 211-of-332, 2,261 yards, 19 TD, 8 INT; 136 carries, 469 yards, 8 TD

Drew Reed, Lafayette, Quarterback

7 games: 112-of-152, 1,681 yards, 17 TD, 5 INT, 196.9 passing efficiency; 42 carries, 47 yards

Martin Ruiz, Youngstown State, Running Back

12 games: 192 carries, 1,094 yards, 15 TD; 20 receptions, 256 yards, 2 TD; 132.1 all-purpose yards per game

John Russ, Mercer, Quarterback

12 games: 121-of-233, 1,916 yards, 21 TD, 7 INT, 144.7 passing efficiency; 160 carries, 903 yards, 12 TD

Marquis Smith, Savannah State, Linebacker

12 games: 124 TT (72 solo), 13 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 2 TD

Gage Steele, James Madison, Linebacker

12 games: 106 TT (43 solo), 5 TFL, 3 Sacks, 5 PBU, 3 FF

C.J. Williams, Bucknell, Running Back

10 games: 212 carries, 899 yards, 8 TD; 12 receptions, 130 yards, 3 TD; 102.9 all-purpose yards per game

Jatavious Wilson, Central Arkansas, Wide Receiver/Kick Returner

12 games: 41 receptions, 409 yards, 2 TD; 11 carries, 88 yards; 19 kick returns, 30.6-yard average, 2 TD; 91.8 all-purpose yards per game