October 22, 2013

RJ Noel Joins Jerry Rice Award Watch List

PHILADELPHIA - Sacred Heart quarterback RJ Noel (Lowell, Mass.) was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List on Tuesday.

The Rice Award, now in its third season, honors the top first-year player in the FCS, whether a true freshman or a redshirt-freshman. Noel, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound redshirt-freshman, has helped Sacred Heart to a 7-1 record this season. He has completed 114-of-208 passes for 1,494 yards and 18 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Additionally, Noel has carried the ball 90 times for 424 yards and five touchdowns. Last week, Noel threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as Sacred Heart won at Bryant 56-28. He was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday for the fourth time this season.

The Rice Award, named for the legendary wide receiver who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, can undergo revision during the season.

The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

The Watch List:

Mouf Adebo, DE, Sam Houston State

Kourtney Berry, LB, Alabama State

Trent Brittain, QB, Incarnate Word

Devin Borders, WR, Eastern Kentucky

Dillon Buechel, QB, Duquesne

Marcus Cox, RB, Appalachian State

Lawrence Forbes, P, Morgan State

Matt Johnson, QB, Charlotte

Javancy Jones, DE, Jackson State

Michael Jones, CB

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

John Law, LB, Appalachian State

Christophe Mulumba, LB, Maine

RJ Noel, QB, Sacred Heart

Trenton Norvell, QB, Western Illinois

Donald Payne, S, Stetson

Peter Pujals, QB, Holy Cross

Martin Ruiz, RB, Youngstown State

Marquis Smith, LB, Savannah State

Gage Steele, LB, James Madison

Payton Usher, RB, Mercer