ST. LOUIS — North Dakota State running back Kobe Johnson joined quarterback Trey Lance on the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team announced Tuesday, Dec. 3, as selected by a vote of the league's media, head coaches and sports information directors.
Lance, last week the first freshman to be named Offensive Player of the Year in the conference, is the fourth player in league history to sweep the Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards. NDSU linebacker Jabril Cox (2017), Youngstown State running back Martin Ruiz (2013) and Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen (2012) were the others.
Lance is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award and Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top offensive player and freshman player in the FCS, respectively. The Marshall, Minn., product is the FCS leader in passing efficiency (187.5) and yards per passing attempt (9.99) and ranks second in completion percentage (.689).
Johnson, from Lawrenceville, Ga., played in 11 of 12 games as a true freshman and is third on the team with 768 all-purpose yards. He rushed 82 times for 602 yards and four touchdowns averaging 7.3 yards per carry including a season-long 75-yard touchdown run at Youngstown State.
Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team
Matthew Cook, K, Northern Iowa
Avante Cox, WR, Southern Illinois
Dominique Dafney, WR/FB, Indiana State
J'Bore Gibbs, QB, South Dakota State
Jaxon Janke, WR, South Dakota State
Kobe Johnson, RB, North Dakota State
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Will McElvain, QB, Northern Iowa
Jeff Proctor, RB, Illinois State
Kacper Rutkiewicz, WR, Illinois State
Adam Solomon, OL, Illinois State
Javon Williams Jr., RB, Southern Illinois
Omar Brown, DB, Northern Iowa
Jack Colquhoun, P, Southern Illinois
Keawvis Cummings, DB, Indiana State
Diamond Evans, CB, South Dakota State
Michael Griffin II, S, South Dakota State
Justin Hall, RS/WR, Western Illinois
Quinton Hicks, DE, South Dakota State
Clayton Isbell, S, Illinois State
Zaire Jones, DB, Youngstown State
Aaron Mends, LB, Illinois State
Marquis Smith, DB, Western Illinois
Jakari Starling, LB, South Dakota