Tennessee State University quarterback Michael German was added to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List on Tuesday as announced by The Sports Network. The inaugural award sponsored by Fathead.com honors the freshman that has made a major impact for his team.
Through six games this season, German has lit up the passing attack for the Tigers. The Pompano Beach, Fla., native has completed 76 passes for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns. He has recorded three consecutive games off 200-yards or more passing, including a career-best 304 against Austin Peay on Oct. 8.
The redshirt freshman has not thrown an interception in 131 pass attempts this season, which ranks only second behind Cal Poly's Andre Broadous' streak of 148 consecutive passes.
On Sunday, German was honored as the OVC Newcomer of the Week for the third consecutive week. It was the first time since EKU's C.J. Hudson accomplished the feat in 2001.
German made his first collegiate start at Air Force on Sept. 24, completing six passes for 172 yards. He then proceeded to throw 800 yards and six touchdowns in the next three games.
Last weekend, the freshman tossed 19 completions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 15 yards with one touchdown to help TSU upset No. 19 Tennessee Tech, 42-40.
German is just one of 18 players placed on the watch list. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the first Jerry Rice Award winner after the regular season. The legendary wide receiver, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, will be on hand at the national awards banquet on Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas, to present the award.
Tennessee State remains on the road with a visit to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. (CT) in Richmond, Ky.
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