2019 Jerry Rice Award


The Jerry Rice Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding freshman player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

Rice was a star receiver at Mississippi Valley State University.

Who Votes?

A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries selected the winner.



Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State University

North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance was named the winner of the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award on Wednesday, Dec. 11, as the national freshman of the year in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision. He is the first player from the Missouri Valley Football Conference to win the award.

Lance ranks first in the FCS in passing efficiency (187.8), first in yards per pass attempt (10.03), third in pass completion percentage (.685), and seventh in total points responsible for (216) through 13 games. He was the first freshman to be named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was the fourth to take the league’s Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards.

Lance has attempted a school-record 236 consecutive passes without an interception going 161-for-235 this season for 2,356 yards and 25 touchdowns. He is also NDSU’s second leading rusher with 117 attempts for 829 yards and a team-high 11 TDs for the Bison, who rank first in the FCS in passing efficiency (183.81), second in total offense (488.8 ypg), fourth in rushing offense (298.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring offense (39.8 ppg).

Lance is also a top-four finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award for the offensive player of the year. The awards will be presented at the STATS FCS awards banquet Friday, Jan. 10, in Frisco, Texas.

NDSU will play James Madison on Jan. 11 for the DII National Championship.


The 2019 Jerry Rice Award top finalists included:

  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
  • Jeff Undercuffler, QB, UAlbany
  • Javon Williams Jr., RB, Southern Illinois
  • Tristan Wheeler, LB, Richmond
  • Ailym Ford, RB, Chattanooga


2018 Jerry Rice Award winner: Josh Davis, RB, Weber State


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