NASHVILLE --- Safety Vincent Sellers has been named to the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List.
Sellers is one of 21 players on the watch list. The award will be selected by a national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries who will vote on the award.
Sellers was a key member of the seventh ranked defense in the country and a part of a unit which is third in FCS play, allowing just 146.5 yards per game. The freshman recorded two interceptions on the season, returning both for touchdowns.
The Sarasota, Fla. product played in all 11 games, starting 10, and registered 49 tackles, 36 solo, two for loss and five pass breakups. Sellers also scored 14 points for the Tigers with the two pick sixes and a safety at Tennessee Tech.
Sellers was named STATS FCS Freshman of the Week, Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player and Newcomer of the Week after his performance at Eastern Kentucky (10/7). Sellers opened the season with a STATS FCS Freshman of the Week Honorable Mention selection and earned OVC Newcomer of the Week.
This marks the second consecutive year Tennessee State has had a freshman nominated for the award. Wide Receiver Steven Newbold finished 11th in the voting in 2016.
The Rice Award, named for the legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver, has been presented to the FCS freshman player of the year since 2011. Two of the first three winners, Towson running back Terrance West and Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, are NFL players, and the 2014 winner, Fordham running back Chase Edmonds, could be headed to a pro career beginning next year.