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FCS 2018 Southern Awards


Offensive Player of the Year: Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford

Hodges was named to multiple All-America teams again this year.
Photo: The Comeback

Hodges set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season, breaking the old record of 4,088, set by Hodges in 2016. He also became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve “Air” McNair at Alcorn State from 1991-94. Hodges also threw 32 touchdown passes this year.


Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Mack, DL, Chattanooga

Isaiah Mack of UT Chattanooga is one of the best FCS players in the country.
Photo: UTC Athletics

Mack, who was named a finalist for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award, posted 8.5 sacks, 11.5 TFLs and two forced fumbles on the year.  The Tunnel Hill, Ga., native was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week by SouthernPigskin.com after leading the Mocs with nine tackles in a 34-27 win over VMI on Oct. 27. His 8.5 sacks on the year are second in the Southern Conference and No. 19 in the FCS.  He has 21.0 career sacks, which is fourth-place all-time at UTC.


Freshman of the Year — Quay Holmes, RB, ETSU

Holmes, the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, earned the accolade for all-purpose yards as he totaled 1,480 yards in his first season with the Blue and Gold. The first team all-SoCon selection racked up 928 rushing, 279 receiving and 273 kickoff return yards en route to ranking 22nd among FCS players in all-purpose yards (second among freshman). Holmes became just the third player in ETSU history to rush for double-digit touchdowns as his 13 rushing scores were tied for second all-time by a Buccaneer and ranked 10th in the FCS this season.


Jacobs Blocking Award — Matt Pyke, OC, ETSU

Pyke barks out the line calls.
Photo: Johnson City Press

Pyke, who picked up his fourth All-American honor this postseason, played in 789 of the 795 possible snaps this season for the Bucs. The Clinton, Tenn. native received the Jacobs Blocking Award, which is given to the top offensive lineman in the Southern Conference, while also earning first team all-SoCon honors. Pyke started all 45 games over his playing career, while his blocking this season led the Blue and Gold turn in nine 100-yard rushing games and four games of over 200 yards.

2018 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.




Davis had one of the best seasons in Wildcat history.
Photo: Weber State Athletics

In 12 games played this season, Davis set a Wildcat freshman record with 1,362 rushing yards. He had 250 carries and nine rushing touchdowns and finished the season ranked 12th in the country in rushing at 113.5 yards per game, which was also third best in the Big Sky. He had seven games with over 100 yards rushing and two games with over 200 yards, including a season-high 225 yards and two touchdowns in a win at Southern Utah. 

In addition, Davis had 30 receptions for 193 yards and had 14 punt returns for 224 yards with one touchdown. He finished with 1,779 all-purpose yards, the most ever by a Wildcat freshman and the seventh most in a season in Weber State history. He ended the season ranked 10th in the country in all-purpose yards at 148.2 per game.

Along with winning the Jerry Rice Award, he was also named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year; earned All-America honors from HERO Sports; and earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors.

MORE: See Craig Haley’s article Weber State’s Davis Runs off with Jerry Rice Award.

The 2018 Jerry Rice Award top finalists included:

  • Weber State – RB Josh Davis
  • Incarnate Word – QB Jon Copeland
  • ETSU – RB Quay Holmes
  • Furman – LB Adrian Hope
  • Monmouth – RB Juwon Farri