Sumner named finalist for Rice Award
South Dakota State University quarterback Austin Sumner is one of 20 players on the final ballot for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivsion.
A 6-foot-5, 230-pound redshirt freshman from Brandon, Sumner started the final eight games for the Jackrabbits and set a Missouri Valley Football Conference freshman record with 2,382 passing yards among his many accolades.
Other season highlights include:
* Leads all FCS freshman quarterbacks in passing average (238.2 yards per game), total passing yards (2,382), and touchdown passes (16)
* Leads all FCS freshmen in total offense (231.10 yards per game)
* Set Missouri Valley Football Conference freshman passing record with 2,382 yards
* Named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week after four-touchdown, 328-yard performance against Southern Illinois on Nov. 5
* Two-time MVFC Newcomer of the Week (at Youngstown State on Oct. 8 and at Missouri State on Oct. 29)• Passed for at least 200 yards in each of his last seven starts
* Threw for 300-plus yards five times, including career-best 377 yards Oct. 29 at Missouri State, when he was named National Freshman of the Week by the Sports Network
* Tied school record with 37 completions in Oct. 15 game against nationally ranked Northern Iowa
* Threw four touchdown passes in a game three times• Rushed for three touchdowns
* Led team on 16 touchdown-scoring drives of 70 or more yards
The Jerry Rice Award will be presented Jan. 6, 2012, in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the FCS national championship game.
For statistics and more information, access the document at the top of the page.