There are a couple of big changes in the NUC Sports Team Rankings this week. Alabama moves to #1 with the commitment of tight end Major Tennison of Bullard (Texas). Tennison is a Southwest Top 60 and Ultimate 250 prospect giving the Crimson Tide 1.5 recruiting points.
Quarterbacks have won this award 11 of the last 12 years. Last Year Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp broke the quarterback streak becoming only the second wide out to ever win this prestigious award; the first being Brian Finneran in 1997.
In version 1.0 of the 2016 NUC Sports FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch list we start out with ten. There are four quarterbacks, three wide receivers, two running backs and one tight end. The conference breakdown goes like this MVFC (3), Patriot (2), SoCon (2), Big Sky (1), MEAC (1) and Southland (1).
Last year the state produced nine FBS signees. The Constitution State already has 14 players committed to DI colleges and that number should increase.
Last year the state only produced two FBS signees. As of September, 8 only three players are verbally committed to DI colleges. The nine year average is 6.3 FBS signees per recruiting cycle.
Last year the state produced ten FBS signees. Already in the class of 2017 there are 11 athletes that have verbally committed to DI colleges. The nine year average per recruiting cycle is 11.
Last year the state produced ten FBS signees. Already in the class of 2017 there are 11 athletes that have verbally committed to DI colleges. The nine-year average per recruiting cycle is 11.
In conjunction with the 2016 NUC Sports FCS Preseason Poll, National Analyst/Pollster Barry Every has compiled his Preseason FCS All-American Teams. Below are those players that have been selected to the NUC Sports FCS First Team. Each player is listed with school, year of eligibility for the 2016 season and their respective 2015 statistics or awards.
DJ Cameron has recently heard from several NFL teams as this sleeper prospect continues to rise. Most recently his agent David Schuman has gotten inquiries from several teams including Chargers, Colts, and Texans.
Virginia Tech running back JC Coleman can quite simply be described as a pure change of pace speedster. NFL Scouts have been very impressed with the speed and athleticism of the former Hokie. He is one of the few backs who can catch, run and return very well. His vast array of skills would make an asset to any team in the league. He has generated interest from the Chargers, Jets, Colts, and Jaguars. Most recently the Bears have reached out to JC Coleman.
Adam Fuehne rated at top 10 Tight End according to NFLDraftBible.com and rated by CBS Draft Scout as a drafted tight end had over 12 teams reach out to him and 2 top 30 visits with the Chargers and the Lions.
Brett McMakin, who some have as a top ILB and others have as a top OLB, had a 2nd pro day after competing in his first only 8 days after a life threatening appendectomy.
Brandon Williams is what many scouts would consider a freak athlete. He is the size of an NFL linebacker, yet at his pro day Williams ran a 4.69 40 yard dash, a time that ranks better than some receivers at the NFL Combine. Williams then followed that up by jumping a 37 inch vertical, which would have been enough to rank him second among all defensive lineman and fourth among all linebackers at the NFL Combine this year.
JC Coleman has was the MVP of the Military Bowl. He was a tremendous track athlete in 2015 was named All ACC in the 60m Dash. He ran 6.89 FAT which is the equivalent to a 4.3 40 yard dash time. Forget the 40 yard dash, his true confirmed track in the 60 meter dash shows the breakaway speed he displays on film. His pro day was exceptional.