Undercuffler Named to Jerry Rice Award Watch List
ALBANY, N.Y. — UAlbany quarterback Jeff Undercuffler has been named to the watch list for the STATS Jerry Rice Award, which is given annually to the top freshman in all of FCS.
Undercuffler, from Delran, N.J., set a new program single-season record for touchdown passes this past Saturday, when he threw four in a loss to Maine to raise his season total to 28. He also has thrown for 2,408 yards, just 228 yards short of the single-season record set by Will Fiacchi in 2014.
The award will be voted upon after the season by a panel of more than 150 sports informaton directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignateries.
Three of the first four recipients of the Jerry Rice Award went on play in the NFL: former Towson running back Terrance West, Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp and Fordham running back Chase Edmonds.
The 24 players nominated to the watch list are:
John Bachus III, QB, UT Martin
Omar Brown, CB, Northern Iowa
Tyrese Chambers, WR, Sacred Heart
Ian Corwin, QB, Drake
Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross
Nick Eaton, DE, UC Davis
Metrius Fleming, WR/RS, Tennessee Tech
Tra Fluellen, S, Houston Baptist
Ailym Ford, RB, Chattanooga
Xavier Gipson, WR/KR, Stephen F. Austin
Devron Harper, WR/RS, Gardner-Webb
Tyler Hudson, WR, Central Arkansas
Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, WR, Alabama A&M
Hendrix Johnson, WR, Northern Arizona
Kevin Johnson, RB/KR, Norfolk State
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Jalen Leary, RB, Stetson
Will McElvain, QB, Northern Iowa
Keegan Shoemaker, QB, Lafayette
Jake Stebbins, LB, Cornell
Jeff Undercuffler, QB, UAlbany
Tristan Wheeler, LB, Richmond
Javon Williams Jr., RB, Southern Illinois
Hajj-Malik Williams, QB, Campbell