PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – North Carolina Central University rookie cornerback Michael Jones has been announced as one of 20 candidates for the 2013 Jerry Rice Award, honoring the top first-year player in Division I-FCS, The Sports Network announced Wednesday (Oct. 9).
A native of Baltimore, Md., Jones currently leads the FCS with four interceptions in five games, and his 10 total passes defended top the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He also has 21 tackles (14 solo), including a takedown for a loss, and a fumble recovery.
Named for the legendary wide receiver who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, the Rice Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season.
The initial position breakdown is five quarterbacks, five linebackers, three running backs, two wide receivers, two defensive ends, one cornerback, one safety and one punter. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has the most nominees with three.
Towson running back Terrance West won the inaugural Rice Award in the 2011 season and Villanova quarterback John Robertson received the honor last season.
The Rice Award Watch List can undergo revision during the season. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of meacsports.com