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  • Team: James Madison
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 220
  • Position: RB
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
Home run threat combines with childhood friend Cardon Johnson to give James Madison perhaps the most lethal 1-2 running back duo in the FCS. … Abdullah has ability to get around the edges, but also terrific vision for finding holes. He runs hard through the line of scrimmage, picking up extra yards after contact. … Off to a superb start as a senior, sitting among the national leaders in rushing yards and touchdowns despite sharing carries. … Coach Mike Houston says Abdullah has the strongest work habits on the Dukes' nationally ranked team. … Fell just short of 1,000 yards as a junior, scoring 13 touchdowns.
  • Team: William & Mary
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 200
  • Position: RB
  • Class-Elig.: GS-Senior
The Tribe team captain sets the tone with his playing style: while using high energy and toughness, he runs over opposing players. Difficult to stop in the backfield, he adds deceptive speed to his punishing assault … Following an ankle injury to 2014 All-CAA first-team running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor, Anderson hit the ground running - literally - as the team's new starting running back in 2015. Anderson finished with 1,418 yards and 16 touchdowns on 240 carries, including six consecutive 100-yard games and seven overall. … Earned first-team All-CAA honors and finished tied for 15th for STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year.
  • Team: UNI
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 226
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
As a junior in 2015, Bailey led all FCS quarterbacks with 1,334 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns - both Missouri Valley Football Conference records by a quarterback. He also threw for 1,656 yards and 13 touchdowns while earning the conference's newcomer of the year award. … Played two seasons at Illinois, appearing in 14 games, before transferring to UNI. … Strong upper body allows Bailey to sustain punishment. He logged 257 rushing attempts, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. … Helped the Panthers reach the FCS quarterfinals in his first season in Cedar Falls. … Bailey's biological father is former NFL wide receiver Aaron Bailey.
(STATS) - It was quite a season for Jeremiah Briscoe. So good in fact that he often didn't even play four quarters and somehow still found a way to etch his name in the record books.
  • Team: Duquesne
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 196
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: GS-Senior
A fourth-year starter, Buechel (pronounced BEE-kull) is the gunslinger of the Northeast Conference. Ranks among the school's all-time leaders in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes. He is on pace to surpass 10,000 career passing yards. … Led the Dukes to the 2015 NEC title and had perhaps his best game ever in the FCS playoffs, throwing for 423 yards and six touchdowns against William & Mary. … In 2013, Buechel was the first Duquesne freshman quarterback to start the season opener in eight years. Was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List as a top first-year player. … Coaches laud Buechel for his film study and playing with a high football IQ.
  • Team: Northern Arizona
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: WR
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Soph
Butler's breakout 2015 season coincided with Case Cookus taking over the quarterback duties at NAU. Butler became a big-play receiver, totaling 64 receptions for a school single-season record 1,208 yards (18.9 yards per catch) and 15 touchdowns, which tied a school single-season mark. … His background in basketball pays off as Butler has a physical style with good size and hands, and even better leaping ability to snatch receptions over defensive players. … The All-Big Sky first-team selection caught four touchdowns in a win over Northern Colorado as well as three scores and a career-high 216 yards in a road victory against Stephen F. Austin.
After splitting time with incumbent quarterback Zach Lujan as a freshman in 2015, Christion won the job in his second season. He's rewarded the Jackrabbits in a big way, leading an explosive passing attack. … Elusive in the pocket, Christion plays with composure and efficiency. … Guided SDSU to a road upset of then-No. 1 North Dakota State on Oct. 15 and was named the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Week. … Ranks among the FCS leaders in total offense, passing yards per game, touchdown passes and points responsible for. … Finished seventh as a finalist for the 2015 STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year award and made the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team.
Superb in open space, Cohen has been clocked in 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also runs hard between the tackles and sheds defenders. ... Cohen enters his senior season with 4,031 rushing yards and seeks his fourth straight 1,000-yard season. Has rushed for 38 touchdowns and scored 40 overall. … Was named the most valuable player of the inaugural Celebration Bowl, rushing for 295 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Alcorn State. … A three-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first-teamer, he also captured the offensive player of the year award, led the conference in rushing and helped N.C. A&T to a share of the conference title in both 2014 and '15. ... Finished 18th in voting for the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award.
Cookus was named the 2015 STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year after setting a rookie record with 37 touchdown passes. He ranked second in the FCS in both touchdown passes and passing efficiency (184.9), and was third in completion percentage (68.9). He passed for 3,111 yards. … Threw seven touchdowns against Northern Colorado and six against Sacramento State. … Stands tall in the pocket at 6-4, 200 pounds, and has excellent mechanics and downfield ability. … Also finished fifth in the voting for the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year. … Spent time at Ventura Junior College but didn't play because of injury and then enrolled at NAU in 2015.
  • Team: Chattanooga
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 205
  • Position: RB
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
Craine became Chattanooga's starting running back in 2015 and excelled in the role. He established Mocs single-season records with 1,251 rushing yards and 230 carries. He also tied for the Southern Conference high with 13 rushing touchdowns. … Figures to be called on even more as a senior after the Mocs graduated quarterback Jacob Huesman, also a 1,000-yard rusher for their third consecutive SoCon championship squad. … Craine is shifty with a smart running style, but he is willing to get the tough yards between the tackles. … A versatile player who is a good blocker and an excellent pass catcher.
  • Team: Bucknell
  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 315
  • Position: OL
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
Davenport hasn't missed a start at left tackle since arriving at Bucknell in 2013. He has good size (including an 84-inch wingspan), strength and athleticism and often overmatches defensive players in the Patriot League. Also, known for having a good football IQ. … Began his senior season on the STATS FCS Preseason All-America first team after finishing his junior campaign on the second team. He made the All-Patriot League second team as a freshman and is working on his third straight season on the first team. … A cousin to NBA player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Davenport is expected to be Bucknell's first NFL Draft choice since the Baltimore Colts picked wide receiver Sam Havrilak in 1969.
  • Team: Fordham
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 196
  • Position: RB
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Junior
In his first two seasons, Edmonds has dominated the FCS ranks, totaling 3,486 rushing yards, 4,504 all-purpose yards and 43 rushing touchdowns. … He uses a fast and deceptively punishing style to get past defenders. … Edmonds followed up winning the national freshman of the year award in 2014 with the 2015 Patriot League offensive player of the year award. He also made the STATS FCS All-America first team and finished fourth for national offensive player of the year. … Racked up a Patriot League-record 402 all-purpose yards (347 rushing, 55 receiving) in a victory over Lehigh as a sophomore.
  • Team: Morehead State
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 187
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
A fourth-year starter, Gahafer begins his final season with the most passing yards (8,514) among active FCS quarterbacks. … He has improved with each season, topped by a 2015 season in which he completed 291 of 510 passes for 3,244 yards and 24 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He became the first Morehead State player to be named the Pioneer Football League's offensive player of the year and finished tied for 19th for the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year award. … Will sling passes all over the field out of the Eagles' fast-paced spread offense. He worked on his speed in the offseason. … He is on pace to become the PFL's all-time leader in passing yardage.
Already one of the top tight ends in the FCS in 2015, Goedert has become an unstoppable force as a redshirt junior. Ranks among the FCS leaders in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. … He has wide receiver skills in a tight end's body: quick enough to run the jet sweep for SDSU, but strong enough to carry multiple tacklers for a few extra yards. … Has large hands to reel in passes. … On a seven-game streak going over 100 receiving yards and had a four-game stretch in October in which he had double-digit reception totals three times.
When Gubrud (pronounced goo-brood) kicked excellent rugby-style punts into strong wind gusts at Weber State as a freshman, the Eagles surely knew they had a special player. As a sophomore in 2016, he's burst onto the scene after winning the starting quarterback job away from two returnees, including a 3,000-yard passer. … Dual-threat racked up a school-record 551 total yards with six total touchdowns in his first career start, EWU's 45-42 win over Pac-12 member Washington State to open the season. … Uses a quick release in the pocket, but also has good foot speed to gain yardage up the field. … A former walk-on, Gubrud is among the FCS leaders in a number of statistical categories, including passing yards per game, total offense per game and touchdown passes.
  • Team: Montana
  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 235
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: GS-Senior
Gustafson is not the next Carson Wentz, but he beat Wentz and North Dakota State in his first career start in 2015. … A drop-back quarterback who stands tall in the pocket (he's even slightly bigger than Wentz), Gustafson is a strong decision maker and will work the field for receivers. He's excelled despite Montana having to replace most of last year's receiving corps. … Set a school record with 47 completions (in 59 attempts) against Cal Poly on Sept. 24. … Among the FCS leaders in passing yards per game, completion percentage and touchdown passes. … Played in only seven games as a junior because of a leg injury, but he returned to lead an FCS playoff win over South Dakota State.
  • Team: Samford
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 202
  • Position: WR
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
In the Samford passing offense, Hamilton won't necessarily beat cornerbacks with the long ball, but he's going to beat them again and again and again. … Quarterback Devlin Hodges' sure-handed go-to receiver joined the Watch List as the FCS leader in receptions and receptions per game and was among the national leaders in receiving yards per game. … He's athletic and will go get any pass near him. … Has had a tremendous career in the Southern Conference, starting with a spot on the 2013 all-freshman team and continuing with first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. He is the Bulldogs' all-time leader in receiving yards.
Hammond has been a special-teams standout throughout his career, but he became one of the better all-around threats in the FCS as a junior. … Made the 2015 Big South first team as a punt returner and the second team as a running back while Charleston Southern swept its way to the conference title and its first FCS playoff appearance. … Ranked 17th nationally with 1,865 all-purpose yards, averaging 143.5 per game, leading the Buccaneers with 856 rushing yards and averaging 25.1 yards per kickoff return and 15.5 yards per punt return. Scored nine total touchdowns. … Set the school's single-game record with 295 kickoff return yards in a playoff loss to Jacksonville State - gaining 67 and 84 yards on two of the returns.
  • Team: Lamar
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 192
  • Position: RB
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
Having finished second to Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp in voting for the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year award, Harrington will try to take the next step in his final season. … As a junior, the Southland Conference player of the year surpassed the magical mark of 2,000 rushing yards - needing only 10 games to do it. He went on to lead the FCS in rushing yards (2,092), rushing yards per game (190.2), rushing touchdowns (21) and all-purpose yards per game (213.4). … The STATS FCS All-American is a quick runner who eats up yards with a north-south style. He also is particularly productive as a pass catcher. ... Led Lamar to one of the program's biggest wins - a road upset of national power Sam Houston State on Sept. 19, 2015 - by totaling 230 rushing yards, 83 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
"Hop," as Henderson is called by his teammates, set both Big South Conference and FCS records by scoring at least one touchdown in 26 straight games. … As a senior, Coastal Carolina will compete as an FCS independent program while transitioning toward the FBS in 2017. … Henderson's game-breaking speed and ability to find the end zone stand out. He's averaged over six yards per carry in each of his first three seasons and enters his final campaign with 3,479 rushing yards, 4,210 all-purpose yards and 46 touchdowns (42 rushing). … He uses quickness to power past defenders. Runs with a balanced style and will catch passes out of the backfield (33 as a sophomore and 40 as a junior). … Finished 10th in voting for the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year award.
  • Team: Samford
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 213
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Soph
Samford coach Chris Hatcher turned over the keys to the offense to Hodges midway through the 2015 season and the Bulldogs have been dangerous ever since. Hodges is a dual-threat with a quick release and efficient style. … In his first collegiate start against Western Carolina, Hodges was 42 of 61 for 399 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards and a score. He finished his freshman season as the Southern Conference's offensive player of the month for November and made the conference's all-freshman team. … He's running the ball less as a sophomore, but has been even better as a passer, consistently throwing touchdowns to his excellent receiving corps.
  • Team: Murray State
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 225
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: GS-Senior
Humphries led the FCS in completions per game in both 2014 (26.5) and '15 (30). He also racked up 3,778 passing yards - the national high - as a junior. … Humphries works under quarterbacks coach Casey Brockman, a Murray State finalist for the national offensive player of the year in 2012. As a junior, Humphries was seventh for the STATS award. … Murray State coach Mitch Stewart describes Humphries as a blue-collar player who leads by example. He's improved his decision making, which reflects how he threw only seven interceptions in 532 attempts as a junior (down from 12 picks in 473 attempts in 2014). … Given name is KeDarius.
The individual honors flowed for Jenkins in 2015, but his excellence reflected the most in Jacksonville State reaching the No. 1 ranking and the FCS championship game for the first time. … Jenkins finished sixth in voting for STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year and was named the Ohio Valley Conference offensive player of the year, leading the Gamecocks to a second straight unbeaten season in conference play. He finished his banner campaign with 2,788 passing yards and 1,161 rushing yards. … With a school-record 8,357 total yards of offense in his career, Jenkins is a dual-threat who is best on rollouts, capable of finding receivers or running room. … It was revealed after his junior season that Jenkins played the campaign with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He had surgery in the offseason.
  • Team: Grambling State
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 184
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Junior
Transfer from Ole Miss has excelled in replacing Jonathan Williams, the 2015 SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. He's a gritty leader who brings confidence to the Grambling offense. … Stays in the pocket to find his receivers, but is capable of using his legs for gaining yards. … Has thrown for 23 touchdowns and only one interception. … Took apart defending SWAC champion Alcorn State by passing for 400 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for another 58 yards and a score in a Tigers win on Sept. 24. … Was a member of Ole Miss' 2015 Sugar Bowl-winning squad.
The 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year will try to win the award in back-to-back years. He could hold almost all the major receiving records in the FCS by season's end. … While gaining top national honors as junior, he led the nation in five categories - receptions (114, a Big Sky Conference record), receptions per game (10.4, another conference mark), receiving yards (1,642), receiving yards per game (149.3) and touchdown receptions (19). … He ranks fourth in FCS history in receptions (311, 84 behind the record), second in reception yards (4,764, 486 behind the record) and second in TD receptions (56, two behind the record). He holds 17 Eastern Washington records, eight Big Sky marks and seven FCS records. … The two-time first-team All-American has excellent hands and understands opposing defenses, working his release from different spots on the line of scrimmage. … Kupp's father, Craig, was a former NFL quarterback and grandfather Jake had a long NFL career as an offensive guard.
  • Team: Richmond
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 215
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Soph
It was hard to tell Lauletta was coming off a redshirt season in 2015. With two fifth-year seniors ahead of him a year earlier, Richmond saved a year for its future, but Lauletta paid a quick dividend. He led the Spiders to a share of the CAA Football title and to their first national semifinal playoff appearance since the 2008 squad won the FCS title. … He grabs hold of the Richmond offense through excellent leadership and command. … Lauletta finished his redshirt sophomore season with 3,598 passing yards - the second-most in the nation - and ranked 15th nationally in passing efficiency (147.3). He threw for 19 touchdowns and rushed for seven more.
  • Team: San Diego
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 195
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Soph
The Pioneer Football League's 2015 offensive freshman of the year has risen to a higher level as a redshirt sophomore and taken the Toreros to the verge of another league title and a second FCS playoff bid. … An efficient passer with great poise and command of the offense. Has a touchdown-to-interception ratio in his career of nearly 4-to-1. … Threw for a career-high five touchdown passes against Valparaiso on Oct. 22. … Passed for 2,392 yards and 23 touchdowns as a freshman. Threw for 9,079 yards and 96 touchdowns in high school.
  • Team: Saint Francis U
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 195
  • Position: WR
  • Class-Elig.: Soph-Soph
Lewis' breakout season has coincided with Saint Francis claiming its first Northeast Conference title and FCS playoff bid. … The wiry wideout has been the Red Flash's big-play specialist, ranking among the national leaders in receiving yards and receiving yards per game. … He scored the final three touchdowns of a 38-17 win over Sacred Heart on Oct. 29, which gave the Red Flash control of the conference title race. … Has excellent hands, will go over defenders to make a catch and is adept at breaking the first tackle and picking up yards.
  • Team: Gardner-Webb
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 220
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Junior
The Big South's all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback continues to develop as a passer and is the top dual-threat signal caller in the conference. … Led an upset of No. 8 Charleston Southern on Nov. 5 with 360 yards of total offense and two total touchdowns, including the game-winning pass with 27 seconds remaining. … Fast and elusive, the second-year starter continues to add to his conference record of games with 100-plus yards both passing and rushing. He's cut down on interceptions this season.
  • Team: Sacred Heart
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 190
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: GS-Senior
This is the year of the quarterback in the Northeast Conference, but Noel has had a head start. He's been named the All-NEC quarterback in each of his first three seasons. He also won the conference's rookie of the year award in 2013. … A New Englander through and through, Noel helped Sacred Heart win conference titles and reach the FCS playoffs in both 2013 and '14. … He has thrown for 7,111 career yards. As a junior, he threw for 2,431 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding another six scores on the ground. … While playing with a composed demeanor, Noel is a mobile quarterback who looks to exploit matchups with his receivers.
  • Team: Lehigh
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 205
  • Position: WR
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Junior
Productive since his freshman season at Lehigh, Pelletier has taken his pass catching to an elite level. He sits among the FCS leaders in receptions and receiving yards. … Has helped Lehigh to a Patriot League title and FCS playoff bid. ... Known for his excellent hands and ability to gain yards after the catch. … Was a finalist for the 2014 Jerry Rice Award as national freshman of the year, totaling 49 receptions for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Was a first-team All-Patriot League selection as a sophomore with 78 receptions for 831 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Team: Holy Cross
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 213
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
Pujals has been dominating in the Patriot League for three seasons. The poised, confident signal caller was the league's rookie of the year in 2013, the second-team all-league quarterback in 2014 and the first-team selection in 2015. … Lanky and mobile, Pujals led the league with 3,195 passing yards and 3,514 yards of total offense as a junior, pushing his career totals to 7,809 and 9,307, respectively. He enters his final season with 722 career completions and 72 total touchdowns (57 passing, 15 rushing). … His coaches laud Pujals for being able to place his passes in catchable spots.
  • Team: North Dakota
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 180
  • Position: RB
  • Class-Elig.: Soph-Soph
Santiago was the runner-up for the 2015 STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year award, earning second-team All-America honors. … He set the North Dakota Division I records for rushing yards (1,459) and all-purpose yards (2,159), scoring 16 touchdowns. … Also surpassed 100 rushing yards in all of his Big Sky Conference games and tied for the national high with nine 100-yard games. … A small-town player who went under the recruiting radar, Santiago was originally expected to be a wide receiver at UND because of his 5-foot-9, 170-pound size. But he is quick and has excellent lower-body speed and upper-body strength.
  • Team: James Madison
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 215
  • Position: QB
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Junior
Fought to win the starting job when James Madison added an FBS transfer quarterback this offseason, and Schor has paid dividends with a superb season. Was named the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year four times in a span of six weeks. … Set the school record for completion percentage by connecting on 21 of 22 passes for 309 yards and five touchdowns against Rhode Island on Oct. 29. … Leads JMU's high-powered offense with an intelligent style and he's mobile, rushing for 129 yards in the 2016 opener versus Morehead State. … Started the final four games of the Dukes' FCS playoff season in 2015.
Tillery already is Southern's all-time leading rusher heading into his final season. The former walk-on runs as if he has something to prove, according to Jaguars coach Dawson Odums. …. Tillery has been Southern's leading rusher for three straight seasons and was the Southwestern Athletic Conference rushing champion as a junior, collecting 1,211 yards. His 15 total touchdowns also tied for the conference high and he made the all-conference first team. … Tillery reads his blocks well and has a versatile running style. ... He's closing in on becoming the SWAC's all-time rushing leader as well.
  • Team: Towson
  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 217
  • Position: RB
  • Class-Elig.: Senior-Senior
Nagging ankle and back injuries didn't stop Victor from posting a second straight 1,000-yard season as a junior. He ranked third in CAA Football in rushing, gaining 1,021 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. … As a sophomore in 2014, Victor totaled a conference-high 1,305 rushing yards as well as 12 touchdowns on 250 carries. … He is a physical back who stays balanced and looks for contact while running downhill between the tackles. … Was the CAA's offensive rookie of the year, despite playing behind national rushing leader Terrance West, on the 2013 Towson squad which reached the FCS championship game. … Nominated to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
  • Team: Penn
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: WR
  • Class-Elig.: Junior-Junior
Consistency is as important as explosiveness for Watson. He had multiple receptions in every Penn game during his first two seasons. ... Watson's signature performance came against Harvard in 2015 when Penn stopped the Crimson's 22-game winning streak. He rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. ... Watson went on to lead the Ivy League in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,082) and touchdown receptions (nine). He finished as the runner-up for the league's offensive player of the year award. ... Set Penn freshman records with 42 receptions and 497 receiving yards in 2014.
The STATS All-America first-teamer has been great and consistent over his first two seasons at South Dakota State. As a freshman in 2014, he caught 73 passes for 1,404 yards and a school-record 16 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 72 receptions for 1,472 yards and 11 touchdowns. ... Physically gifted at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Wieneke use his body to overwhelm defenders. He has big hands and a crafty ball-catching technique. ... Was the runner-up for the 2014 national freshman of the year award. Finished 14th in voting for the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year. ... Younger brother Clark also plays for the Jackrabbits as a running back.
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