(Stats Perform) -- Seventeen finalists were announced on Monday, Nov. 22 for the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Eddie Robinson Award, which is presented to the national coach of the year in college football's Division I subdivision.

Named for the legendary coach of Grambling State and first presented in 1987, the Robinson Award is celebrating its 35th anniversary season. A 50-member, national media panel will select the winner, who will be announced on Dec. 14.

The Eddie Robinson Award finalists:

Brian Bohannon, Kennesaw State (Big South)

Team Record: 10-1, 7-0; Notable: Outright Big South champ is unbeaten against non-FBS teams

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Colby Carthel, Stephen F. Austin (AQ7)

Team Record: 8-3, 4-2; Notable: Lumberjacks have earned first playoff bid since 2014

Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Pioneer)

Team Record: 7-3, 6-2; Notable: After move up from Division III, Tommies tied for third-best PFL record

Bob Chesney, Holy Cross (Patriot)

Team Record: 9-2, 6-0; Notable: Crusaders beat FBS program UConn, pushed league win streak to 11.

Matt Entz, North Dakota State (MVFC)

Team Record: 10-1, 7-1; Notable: Outright MVFC champ has earned the No. 2 seed in playoffs

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Mark Ferrante, Villanova (CAA)

Team Record: 9-2, 7-1; Notable: CAA co-champ earned automatic playoff bid with win at James Madison

K.C. Keeler, Sam Houston (AQ7)

Team Record: 10-0, 6-0; Notable: 2016 Robinson Award recipient has led reigning FCS champ to No. 1 playoff seed

Chris Merritt, Bryant (Northeast)

Team Record: 7-4, 5-2; Notable: Bulldogs knocked off NEC champ Sacred Heart in best season since 2014

Eric Morris, UIW (Southland)

Team Record: 9-2, 7-1; Notable: Cardinals captured first outright Southland title and automatic playoff bid

Bobby Petrino, Missouri State (MVFC)

Team Record: 8-3, 6-2; Notable: Bears finished second in an MVFC that has six playoff teams

Oliver "Buddy" Pough, South Carolina State (MEAC)

Team Record: 6-5, 5-0; Notable: After MEAC sweep, Bulldogs to play in Celebration Bowl for first time

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders yells at Jackson State safety Shilo Sanders (21) on the sideline in the Southern Heritage Classic between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Henry Taylor / USA TODAY Sports
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders yells at Jackson State safety Shilo Sanders (21) on the sideline in the Southern Heritage Classic between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Henry Taylor / USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders, Jackson State (SWAC)

Team Record: 10-1, 8-0; Notable: Tigers to play in SWAC championship game for first time since 2013

Randy Sanders, ETSU (Southern)

Team Record: 10-1, 7-1; Notable: Outright SoCon champ earned No. 7 playoff seed

Jason Simpson, UT Martin (OVC)

Team Record: 9-2, 5-1; Notable: Outright OVC champ posted program-record nine-game win streak

Troy Taylor, Sacramento State (Big Sky)

Team Record: 9-2, 8-0; Notable: 2019 Robinson Award recipient has led Hornets to Big Sky title, No. 4 playoff seed

Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth (Ivy)

Team Record: 9-1, 6-1; Notable: Ivy co-champ has gone at least 8-2 in six of last seven seasons

Former North Dakota State assistant coach Brent Vigen was recently named the head coach at Montana State. MSU Bobcats photo
Former North Dakota State assistant coach Brent Vigen was recently named the head coach at Montana State. MSU Bobcats photo


Brent Vigen, Montana State (Big Sky)

Team Record: 9-2, 7-1; Notable: First-time head coach has led Bobcats to No. 7 playoff seed

Past winners of the Robinson Award include Mark Duffner, Erk Russell, Chris Ault, Jim Tressel, Houston Nutt, Andy Talley, Paul Johnson, Joe Glenn, Mike Ayers, Jerry Kill, Jerry Moore and two-time recipients Mickey Matthews, Sean McDonnell and Craig Bohl.

23 FCS freshmen named 2021 Jerry Rice Award finalists

Twenty-three finalists were announced on Monday for the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the national freshman player of the year in college football's Division I subdivision.

The Rice Award, now in its 11th season, is named for the legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver. Past recipients include Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington), Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (Fordham) and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (North Dakota State).

The Jerry Rice Award finalists:

Nate Bennett, WR, Portland State (Big Sky)

Statistics: 50 receptions, 616 yards, 4 TDs (11 games)

Andrew Body, QB, Texas Southern (SWAC)

Statistics: 151 of 253 (59.7 percent), 2,222 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs; 643 rush yards, 6 TDs (10 games)

Elijah Burris, RB, Hampton (Big South)

Statistics: 139 carries, 640 yards, 6 TDs; 12 receptions, 78 yards (11 games)

Jacari Carter, WR, Merrimack (Northeast)

Statistics: 89 receptions, 713 yards, 8 TDs (11 games)

James Conway, LB, Fordham (Patriot)

Statistics: 131 tackles (61 solo), 6 TFL (14 yards), 1 INT, 1 PBU, 4 FF, 1 FR (11 games)

Demeatric Crenshaw, QB, Youngstown State (MVFC)

Statistics: 97 of 156 (62.2 percent), 791 yards, 6 TDs, 5 INTs; 599 rush yards, 7 TDs (9 games)

Rodney Dansby, LB, Houston Baptist (Southland)

Statistics: 131 tackles (52 solo), 3.5 TFL (6 yards), 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 1 FR (11 games)

Zevi Eckhaus, QB, Bryant (Northeast)

Statistics: 233 of 371 (62.8 percent), 2,392 yards, 21 TDs, 3 INTs; 242 rush yards, 2 TDs (11 games)

Thor Griffith, DT, Harvard (Ivy)

Statistics: 31 tackles (15 solo), 10.5 TFL (60 yards), 5 sacks, 1 FF (10 games)

Collin Guggenheim, RB, Nicholls (Southland)

Statistics: 145 carries, 930 yards, 10 TDs; 6 receptions, 33 yards (9 games)

Darius Hale, RB, Central Arkansas (AQ7)

Statistics: 198 carries, 1,015 yards, 17 TDs; 15 receptions, 111 yards, 1 TD (11 games)

Andreas Keaton, S, Western Carolina (Southern)

Statistics: 45 tackles (29 solo), 3 INTs, 6 PBU (11 games)

Tyler King, LB, Stony Brook (CAA)

Statistics: 95 tackles (50 solo), 12,5 TFL (28 yards), 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF, 1 QBH (11 games)

RJ Martinez, QB, Northern Arizona (Big Sky)

Statistics: 136 of 220 (61.8 percent), 1,713 yards, 14 TDs, 2 INTs; 187 rush yards, 5 TDs (8 games)

Drae McCray, WR, Austin Peay (OVC)

Statistics: 53 receptions, 867 yards, 8 TDs (11 games)

Bryce Norman, LB, Southeast Missouri (OVC)

Statistics: 66 tackles (32 solo), 7.5 TFL (25 yards), 1.5 sacks, 4 QBH, 3 FF (11 games)

Dominick Poole, CB, The Citadel (Southern)

Statistics: 51 tackles (27 solo), 1 TFL (1 yard), 2 INTs, 9 PBU, 1 QBH (11 games)

Shedeur Sanders, QB, Jackson State (SWAC)

Statistics: 248 of 361 (68.7 percent), 2,971 yards, 28 TDs, 5 INTs; 3 rush TDs (11 games)

Josiah Silver, DE, New Hampshire (CAA)

Statistics: 80 tackles (42 solo), 20.5 TFL (88 yards), 12.5 sacks, 6 FF, 1 FR (11 games)

Tyson Thompson, WR, Houston Baptist (Southland)

Statistics: 57 receptions, 562 yards, 2 TDs; 152.5 all-purpose ypg, KOR TD, PR TD (10 games)

C.J. Tillman, LB, Campbell (Big South)

Statistics: 56 tackles (25 solo), 5 TFL (7 yards), 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 TD (11 games)

Sy'Veon Wilkerson, RB, Delaware State (MEAC)

Statistics: 220 carries, 848 yards, 8 TDs; 4 receptions, 24 yards (11 games)

Jalyn Witcher, WR, Presbyterian (Pioneer)

Statistics: 80 receptions, 1,120 yards, 12 TDs (11 games)

A 50-member, national media panel will select the Rice Award winner, who will be announced on Dec. 13. To be eligible for the award, a freshman can't have surpassed four games played in the previous academic year - similar to the NCAA's regular redshirt rule.

25 finalists announced for 2021 Buck Buchanan Award

Twenty-five finalists were announced on Monday for the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the national defensive player of the year in college football's Division I subdivision.

The Buchanan Award, now in its 27th season, is named for the legendary Hall of Fame defensive lineman. Past recipients include two-time winner Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis and Jared Allen.

The Buck Buchanan Award finalists:

Brevin Allen, DE, Campbell (Big South)

Statistics: 44 tackles (26 solo), 17.5 TFL (63 yards), 9.5 sacks, 6 QBH, 2 FF, 1 FR, 1 PBU (11 games)

Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State (Big Sky)

Statistics: 111 tackles (57 solo), 9.5 TFL (33 yards), 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 7 PBU, 1 FR, 1 QBH, 1 TD (11 games)

Kelechi Anyalebechi, LB, UIW (Southland)

Statistics: 112 tackles (67 solo), 8.5 TFL (38 yards), 4 sacks, 2 INTs, 4 PBU, 4 FF, 1 FR, 3 QBH (11 games)

Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M (SWAC)

Statistics: 79 tackles (55 solo), 6.5 TFL (41 yards), 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 4 FF (10 games)

Adam Bock, LB, South Dakota State (MVFC)

Statistics: 100 tackles (55 solo), 9 TFL (29 yards), 2.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 2 FF, 1 QBH, 1 BK (11 games)

Isaiah Chambers, DE, McNeese (Southland)

Statistics: 59 tackles (39 solo), 15.5 TFL (94 yards), 10.5 sacks, 3 PBU, 13 QBH, 5 FF (11 games)

Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross (Patriot)

Statistics: 112 tackles (59 solo), 15 TFL (65 yards), 8 sacks, 3 PBU, 6 QBH (11 games)

Decobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State (MEAC)

Statistics: 37 tackles (29 solo), 1 TFL (1 yard), 3 INTs, 11 PBU, 2 QBH (11 games)

Justin Ford, CB, Montana (Big Sky)

Statistics: 33 tackles (22 solo), 2 TFL (8 yards), 1 sack, 8 INTs, 8 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF, 1 QBH, 2 TDs (11 games)

James Houston, DE, Jackson State (SWAC)

Statistics: 59 tackles (44 solo), 20.5 TFL (125 yards), 14.5 sacks, 8 QBH, 7 FF, 2 FR, 1 TD (11 games)

Matthew Jackson, LB, Eastern Kentucky (AQ7)

Statistics: 102 tackles (57 solo), 11 TFL (51 yards), 3.5 sacks, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR, 6 QBH (11 games)

Darius Joiner, S, Western Illinois (MVFC)

Statistics: 142 tackles (79 solo), 7 TFL (30 yards), 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF, 3 QBH (11 games)

Jahari Kay, DE, Sam Houston (AQ7)

Statistics: 30 tackles (18 solo), 11 TFL (42 yards), 5 sacks, 10 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD (10 games)

Isaiah Land, LB, Florida A&M (SWAC)

Statistics: 43 tackles (32 solo), 25.5 TFL (147 yards), 19 sacks, 2 PBU, 3 FF, 1 FR (11 games)

Titus Leo, LB, Wagner (Northeast)

Statistics: 71 tackles (48 solo), 18.5 TFL (86 yards), 7 sacks, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 BK (11 games)

Nate Lynn, DE, William & Mary (CAA)

Statistics: 52 tackles (29 solo), 13.5 TFL (61 yards), 12 sacks, 2 PBU, 5 QBH, 6 FF (11 games)

Jalen Mackie, LB, Dartmouth (Ivy)

Statistics: 86 tackles (49 solo), 8 TFL (28 yards), 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 3 QBH (9 games)

Devonnsha Maxwell, DE, Chattanooga (Southern)

Statistics: 42 tackles (28 solo), 15.5 TFL (66 yards), 12 sacks, 5 QBH, 1 FF (11 games)

Shaundre Mims, DL, Charleston Southern (Big South)

Statistics: 58 tackles (26 solo), 16.5 TFL (78 yards), 8 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF, 7 QBH (11 games)

Patrick O'Connell, LB, Montana (Big Sky)

Statistics: 91 tackles (40 solo), 19.5 TFL (121 yards), 13 sacks, 5 QBH, 3 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD (11 games)

Koby Perry, S, Austin Peay (Ohio Valley)

Statistics: 85 tackles (51 solo), 8 TFL (29 yards), 1 sack, 2 INTs, 3 PBU, 1 FF, 3 QBH, 1 TD (11 games)

Forrest Rhyne, LB, Villanova (CAA)

Statistics: 110 tackles (35 solo), 5.5 TFL (22 yards), 2.5 sacks, 4 QBH, 1 FR (11 games)

Stone Snyder, LB, VMI (Southern)

Statistics: 120 tackles (49 solo), 11 TFL (36 yards), 4 sacks, 5 QBH, 3 FR (11 games)

Vaughn Taylor Jr., DE Morehead State (Pioneer)

Statistics: 71 tackles (30 solo), 23.5 TFL (81 yards), 10.5 sacks, 15 QBH, 1 FF, 1 BK (10 games)

Jeremiah Tyler, LB, Princeton (Ivy)

Statistics: 58 tackles (49 solo), 7 TFL (35 yards), 2 sacks, 6 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 TD (10 games)

A 50-member, national media panel will select the winner, who will be announced on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas - the eve of the FCS championship game.

25 finalists announced for 2021 Walter Payton Award

Twenty-five finalists were announced on Monday for the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the national offensive player of the year in college football's Division I subdivision.

The Payton Award, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary season, is named for the legendary Hall of Fame running back. Past recipients include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp and Trey Lance.

The Walter Payton Award finalists:

Eric Barriere, QB, Eastern Washington (Big Sky)

Statistics: 294 of 438 (67.1 percent), 4,257 yards, 40 TDs, 6 INTs; 224 rush yards, 3 TDs (11 games)

BJ Byrd, WR, Morehead State (Pioneer)

Statistics: 90 receptions, 1,313 yards, 13 TDs (11 games)

Juwan Carter, QB, Norfolk State (MEAC)

Statistics: 199 of 312 (63.8 percent), 2,511 yards, 21 TDs, 5 INTs; 390 rush yards, 6 TDs (11 games)

Davis Cheek, QB, Elon (CAA)

Statistics: 253 of 397 (63.7 percent), 2,924 yards, 17 TDs, 5 INTs (11 games)

Jake Chisholm, RB, Dayton (Pioneer)

Statistics: 235 carries, 1,033 yards, 14 TDs; 30 receptions, 361 yards, 5 TDs; 300 KOR yards (10 games)

Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham (Patriot)

Statistics: 234 of 400 (58.5 percent), 3,214 yards, 31 TDs, 9 INTs; 4 rush TDs (11 games)

Dai'Jean Dixon, WR, Nicholls (Southland)

Statistics: 71 receptions, 1,002 yards, 8 TDs (10 games)

Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin (AQ7)

Statistics: 68 receptions, 1,266 yards, 14 TDs; 1 punt return TD (11 games)

Aqeel Glass, QB, Alabama A&M (SWAC)

Statistics: 259 of 414 (62.6 percent), 3,568 yards, 36 TDs, 7 INTs (10 games)

Malik Grant, RB, Sacred Heart (Northeast)

Statistics: 226 carries, 1,288 yards, 9 TDs; 9 receptions, 124 yards, 2 TDs (11 games)

Geno Hess, RB, Southeast Missouri (OVC)

Statistics: 203 carries, 1,116 yards, 14 TDs (10 games)

Quay Holmes, RB, ETSU (Southern)

Statistics: 238 carries, 1,431 yards, 16 TDs; 20 receptions, 204 yards, 1 TD (11 games)

Keon Howard, QB, UT Martin (OVC)

Statistics: 154 of 258 (59.7 percent), 1,811 yards, 15 TDs, 7 INTs; 472 rush yards, 10 TDs (10 games)

Tyler Hudson, WR, Central Arkansas (AQ7)

Statistics: 62 receptions, 1,242 yards, 8 TDs (11 games)

Isaiah Ifanse, RB, Montana State (Big Sky)

Statistics: 210 carries, 1,258 yards, 8 TDs; 11 receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD (11 games)

Cole Johnson, QB, James Madison (CAA)

Statistics: 233 of 342 (68.1 percent), 2,953 yards, 32 TDs, 2 INTs; 184 rush yards, 5 TDs (11 games)

Cole Kelley, QB, Southeastern Louisiana (Southland)

Statistics: 339 of 457 (74.2 percent), 4,382 yards, 38 TDs, 6 INTs; 442 rush yards, 16 TDs (11 games)

Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa (MVFC)

Statistics: Leading FCS prospect for 2022 NFL Draft has helped UNI offense to 358.4 ypg (11 games)

E.J. Perry, QB, Brown (Ivy)

Statistics: 295 of 444 (66.4 percent), 3,033 yards, 23 TDs, 14 INTs; 466 scrimmage yards, 8 TD (10 games)

Eric Schmid, QB, Sam Houston (AQ7)

Statistics: 167 of 296 (56.4 percent), 2,254 yards, 26 TDs, 7 TDs; 291 yards, 3 TDs (9 games)

Jason Shelley, QB, Missouri State (MVFC)

Statistics: 213 of 358 (59.5 percent), 19 TDs, 6 INTs; 349 rush yards, 10 TDs (11 games)

Xavier Shepherd, QB, Kennesaw State (Big South)

Statistics: 69 of 113 (61.1 percent), 1,181 yards, 14 TDs, 3 INTs; 836 rush yards, 19 TDs (11 games)

Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State (MVFC)

Statistics: 190 carries, 1,317 yards, 15 TDs; 20 receptions, 133 yards; 3 TD passes (11 games)

Cameron Ward, QB, UIW (Southland)

Statistics: 306 of 475 (64.4 percent), 3,839 yards, 38 TDs, 10 INTs (11 games)

Liam Welch, QB, Samford (Southern)

Statistics: 315 of 477 (66.0 percent), 3,366 yards, 22 TDs, 15 INTs; 510 rush yards, 8 TDs (11 games)

A 50-member, national media panel will select the winner, who will be announced on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas - the eve of the FCS championship game.