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An impressive 11 different positions were repr
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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - An impressive 11 different positions were represented among the 25 Jerry Rice Award finalists when voting began on Monday. The Rice Award, now in its fourth season, and named for the legendary wide receiver who starred collegiately at Mississippi Valley State, honors the top first-year player on the FCS level of college football, whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Rice Award. The winner will be announced Dec. 15 at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation. The Rice Award has been a barometer for FCS greatness. The first three winners have been former Towson running back Terrance West (2011), now with the Cleveland Browns, and two 2014 Walter Payton Award finalists for FCS player of the year, Villanova quarterback John Robertson (2012) and Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp (2013). The Sports Network FCS Awards package is located at http://tinyurl.com/n5ysh8x. The 2014 Jerry Rice Award finalists: Arron Baker, Alcorn State, Running Back, 5-10, 235, Belle Glade, Florida 12 games: 101 carries, 682 yards, 6.6 ypc, 13 TD Mike Basile, Monmouth, Safety, 6-1, 185, Brick, New Jersey 11 games: 78 TT, 59 Solo, 4 TFL, 1 SK, 4 INT, 5 PBU DeAndre Brown, Abilene Christian, Running Back, 5-9, 190, Lewisville, Texas 10 games: 137 carries, 962 yards, 7.0 ypc, 9 TD; 12 receptions, 91 yards; 123.8 all-purpose ypg Al Cobb, VMI, Quarterback, 6-3, 190, Pulaski, Tennessee 12 games: 269-for-438 (61.4 percent), 2,971 yards, 20 TD, 10 INT, 128.9 passing efficiency, 247.6 ypg; 56 carries, 124 yards, 2 TD Chandler Curtis, Mercer, Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, 5-10, 186, Calhoun, Georgia 12 games: 5 carries, 92 yards, 1 TD; 28 receptions, 564 yards, 5 TD; 17 kick returns, 29.6-yard average, 1 TD; 11 punt returns, 24.6-yard average, 3 TD; 119.2 all-purpose ypg Chase Edmonds, Fordham, Running Back/Kick Returner, 5-9, 185, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 12 games: 252 carries, 1,539 yards, 6.1 ypc, 21 TD, 128.2 ypg; 15 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD; 17 kick returns, 20.6-yard KO return average; 165.5 all-purpose ypg Josh Gontarek, Albany, Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, 5-11, 170, Mt. Airy, Maryland 12 games: 58 receptions, 687 yards, 8 TD; 6 carries, 92 yards; 7 KO returns, 15.7-yard average; 76.6 all-purpose ypg Christian Guzman, Houston Baptist, Punter, 5-9, 160, Brookshire, Texas 11 games: 67 punts, 44.1-yard average, 68 long, 4 TB, 5 FC, 14 I20, 23 50+ P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, Defensive End, 6-1, 270, Seguin, Texas 12 games: 60 TT, 27 Solo, 19 TFL, 8 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FF, 3 BLK Austin Howard, Southern, Quarterback, 6-0, 190, Edgard, Louisiana 11 games: 139-for-272 (51.1 percent), 1,924 yards, 14 TD, 7 INT, 122.4 passing efficiency; 56 carries, 161 yards, 4 TD Damond Jackson, Prairie View A&M, Safety, 6-0, 195, New Orleans 10 games: 80 TT, 36 Solo, 5.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF Mario Jenkins, Idaho State, Linebacker, 6-1, 205, Nampa, Idaho 12 games: 120 TT, 48 Solo, 10.5 TFL, 2 SK, 3 INT, 4 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 FF, 1 FR Alex Lakes, Mercer, Running Back, 5-10, 205, Newnan, Georgia 12 games: 200 carries, 1,107 yards, 5.5 ypc, 17 TD, 92.2 ypg; 4 receptions, 40 yards Justin Lea, Jacksonville State, Right Tackle, 6-4, 275, Henagar, Alabama Starter at right tackle for Gamecocks team that is ranked No. 5 nationally in rushing offense and No. 4 in total offense with only 14 sacks allowed in 11 games Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, Linebacker, 6-3, 200, Lake View, South Carolina 11 games: 86 TT, 72 Solo, 14 TFL, 5 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, Cornerback, 5-10, 175, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 12 games: 43 TT, 27 Solo, 1.5 TFL, 3 INT, 10 PBU, 2 FR, 5 BLK Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190, Deerfield, New Hampshire 10 games: 49 receptions, 815 yards, 7 TD; 12 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD Daniel Riddle, Western Carolina, Linebacker, 6-1, 225, Raleigh, North Carolina 12 games: 74 TT, 35 Solo, 5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF Sam Schrader, Butler, Running Back, 5-10, 185, Mishawaka, Indiana 10 games: 74 carries, 604 yards, 8.2 ypg, 9 TD; 11 receptions, 157 yards, 2 TD; 81 all-purpose ypg James Simms, Towson, Linebacker, 6-3, 190, Laurel, Maryland 11 games: 99 TT, 42 Solo, 7 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FF Nathan Stone, Duquesne, Linebacker, 5-11, 234, Scottsdale, Pennsylvania 12 games: 100 TT, 53 Solo, 8 TFL, 3 SK, 3 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FF Lucas Webb, Chattanooga, Free Safety, 6-1, 190, Northport, Alabama 12 games: 53 TT, 35 Solo, 2.5 TFL, 5 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FR Hunter Wells, Youngstown State, Quarterback, 6-5, 195, Navarre, Ohio 10 games: 121-for-202 (59.9 percent), 1,772 yards, 14 TD, 7 INT, 149.5 passing efficiency; 1 rushing TD Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 205, Maple Grove, Minnesota 12 games: 66 receptions, 1,318 yards, 15 TD, 20.0 ypc; 1 carry, 52 yards Blaine Woodson, Delaware, Defensive Tackle, 6-2, 270, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 12 games: 51 TT, 28 Solo, 11 TFL, 8.5 SK, 1 QBH, 1 BLK Cheap Atlanta Falcons Jerseys . 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The pressure he applies, from set to set, game to game, point to point, shot to shot.MIAMI -- David Beckhams architects and advisers have recommended the Port of Miami as the stadium site for the Major League Soccer expansion team that will be owned by the former English national team captain. The plan announced Monday would have an open-air stadium with views of the bay and the downtown skyline. The capacity could be as low as 21,000 or as high as 35,000. The operating premise is about 25,000. "Miami is all about the water, all about the culture," said Beckham, speaking from a rooftop terrace on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, located just a few blocks from the Port of Miami. "I dont think people see that enough. "Our site is all about the skyline. It opens up to that. And thats what we want people to see that all around the world." More than 30 sites were evaluated for the stadium. In addition to the recommended site, Marlins Park, Florida International University and a site near the citys airport remain under consideration for the team. There is no year set for the team to start play. John Alschuler, chairman of the consulting firm HR&A, said the earliest the new stadium could be ready was 2018. If the team starts play earlier, it would have to play in a temporary home, such as Marlins Park or FIU. Alschuler said a stadium at the Port of Miami would be built without the use of taxpayer money and that fans could drive there by using the Port of Miami tunnel and seeking limited parking spaces. However, Beckham said he was headed to Tallahassee on Tuesday to lobby the state legislature for money. "We will be funding the money ourselves, but as an organization, we want to be treated like every other (spoorts franchise)," Beckham said.dddddddddddd "Were not asking for anything more or anything less." Beckham was asked if he could make it work without state funding. "I dont think it would be fair to say we could or couldnt," he said. "We just want to be treated like every other franchise. Its not an ideal world, but this is what we would like to have happen." Beckhams group envisions perhaps as many as 4,000 fans per game making a "seven- or eight- minute walk" across the bridge from where the Miami Heat plays its NBA home games at AmericanAirlines Arena. "The March to the Match is a soccer tradition common in Europe and in certain parts of the United States," Alschuler said. "They hang out in bars and march to the match." To ease traffic and parking concerns, the proposed MLS team has said it would not schedule home games on the same nights the Heat plays. Beckham said he has never played in a stadium that doesnt have traffic issues and views that as a good problem because it would mean, in his view, that the team is playing to a "full house." Alschuler said Beckhams group would pay "fair market" value for the land at the proposed site and would make a $200 million investment in creating jobs and economic activity downtown. "We want a site that can feed off of the incredible energy that is developing downtown. We believe we can contribute to that," Alschuler said. "We want to be the most significant asset we can be to the economy of South Florida create jobs, create tax revenue and contribute to the economic balance sheet of the Port of Miami." 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