Freshman defensive end Malik Hamm
has been named to the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List. The award, named after the Hall of Fame wide receiver, has been presented to the top FCS freshman since 2011.
Hamm is one of 15 players in the nation being considered for the award. He has started three of five games as a true freshman, racking up 22 tackles (16 solo), with seven tackles for loss, including three sacks. The Baltimore native has two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
His top season highlight came against Delaware in week two when he sacked the Blue Hen quarterback, stripped him of the ball and returned the fumble 22 yards.
Still a young award, the Rice Award is distinguished, with three of the first four recipients to complete their college careers playing in the NFL: former Towson running back Terrance West, Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp and Fordham running back Chase Edmonds.
A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries vote on the award following the regular season. Also this season, STATS will present the Walter Payton Award (FCS offensive player of the year), Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year), Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year) and Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year.