Philadelphia, Pa. -- Youngstown State redshirt freshman Andre Stubbs (Maple Heights, Ohio) is among a group of the top FCS freshmen in the running for the Jerry Rice Award, The Sports Network announced on Wednesday.
Stubbs is averaging 120.0 all-purpose yards per game after four contests. On three occasions he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark.
Stubbs opened the season with an electrifying performance in the 31-17 victory at Pittsburgh. Against the Panthers, he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter before adding a 13-yard run in the fourth period. He had 71 yards rushing on six carries and caught four passes for 61 yards. He finished the game with 172 all-purpose yards.
Last time out, he had 155 all-purpose yards in the come-from-behind win over UNI. He caught three passes in the game for 31 yards, all of which came on third downs.
Stubbs also had 124 all-purpose yards in the hard-fought win over Albany.
Entering this Saturday's showdown at top-ranked North Dakota State, he is the only player on the roster with a rushing and receiving touchdown.
Stubbs has been junior quarterback's Kurt Hess go-to receiver on third-down so far this season. Of his 10 receptions, seven have been for first downs on a third-down situation. Of his other three receptions, one was a 27-yard catch at Pittsburgh, another was on a third down and one was a short gain.