2018 Jerry Rice Award


The Jerry Rice Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding freshman player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

Rice was a star receiver at Mississippi Valley State University.

Who Votes?

A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries selected the winner.




Davis had one of the best seasons in Wildcat history.
Photo: Weber State Athletics

In 12 games played this season, Davis set a Wildcat freshman record with 1,362 rushing yards. He had 250 carries and nine rushing touchdowns and finished the season ranked 12th in the country in rushing at 113.5 yards per game, which was also third best in the Big Sky. He had seven games with over 100 yards rushing and two games with over 200 yards, including a season-high 225 yards and two touchdowns in a win at Southern Utah. 

In addition, Davis had 30 receptions for 193 yards and had 14 punt returns for 224 yards with one touchdown. He finished with 1,779 all-purpose yards, the most ever by a Wildcat freshman and the seventh most in a season in Weber State history. He ended the season ranked 10th in the country in all-purpose yards at 148.2 per game.

Along with winning the Jerry Rice Award, he was also named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year; earned All-America honors from HERO Sports; and earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors.

MORE: See Craig Haley’s article Weber State’s Davis Runs off with Jerry Rice Award.

The 2018 Jerry Rice Award top finalists included:

  • Weber State – RB Josh Davis
  • Incarnate Word – QB Jon Copeland
  • ETSU – RB Quay Holmes
  • Furman – LB Adrian Hope
  • Monmouth – RB Juwon Farri

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