PHILADELPHIA – University of New Hampshire redshirt freshman wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) has been named to the first Watch List for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, presented by the Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com, it was announced Wednesday. The Watch List is comprised of 15 freshmen off to outstanding starts this season.
Harris is ranked sixth in the FCS and second in the CAA in receptions/game (8.0), and his 91.0 receiving yards/game are ranked 21st in the country and No. 3 in the CAA. The 6-foot, 194-pound receiver paces UNH with 24 catches, 273 yards and three touchdown receptions through three games. He figured prominently in the Wildcats' upset of then-No. 5 Richmond last Saturday, snatching 12 catches for 120 yards and two TDs –all career highs- in a 45-43 triumph. His 47-yard reception from Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) late in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winning score. It marked the second straight 100-yard receiving day for Harris, who hauled in eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in New Hampshire's 48-41 overtime win at Lehigh on Sept. 10.
The Rice Award will honor the outstanding freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the award winner after the regular season. The legendary Rice, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, will present the award at the national awards banquet Jan. 6, 2012, in Frisco, Texas.
No. 7/9 UNH plays host to Holy Cross this Saturday, Oct. 1, at 12 p.m. in the home opener at Cowell Stadium. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.