Kade Bell added to Rice national watch list
JU quarterback Kade Bell has joined the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, The Sports Network announced Thursday.

Bell, from Fleming Island, Fla., has been steady throughout the season since winning the starting job.

In his first seven starts, the redshirt freshman has completed 104-of-173 passes for 1,379 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. He had five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in a win over Morehead State.

The Rice Award is named for legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice, who was a two-time first-team All-American in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, and will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. It will be presented at the FCS Awards Banquet on Dec. 17 in Philadelphia. The Rice Award honors the national freshman of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The list will grow to 20 finalists.

The other nominees are: Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, quarterback; Zak Browning, Southern Utah, linebacker; Reese Hannon, Furman, quarterback; Ryan Heaston, Missouri State, running back; Telvin Hooks, Tennessee State, running back; Jacob Huesman, UT-Chattanooga, quarterback; Jameer Jackson, North Dakota, wide receiver; Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah, strong safety; Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa, quarterback; T.J. Lally, South Dakota State, linebacker; Trent McKinney, Montana, quarterback; Sean Price, Appalachian State, wide receiver; J.J. Raffelson, Western Illinois, linebacker; Luke Rhodes, William & Mary, linebacker; Brendon Riddick, Norfolk State, running back; John Robertson, Villanova, quarterback; Andre Stubbs, Youngstown State, all-purpose; Josh Woodrum, Liberty, quarterback.