Pujals Selected To Jerry Rice Award Watch List

Peter Pujals

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross freshman quarterback Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) has been selected to the official Jerry Rice Award Watch List, it was announced today by the Sports Network. The Jerry Rice Award is presented annually by the Sports Network to the top freshman in the Division I football championship subdivision, and will be awarded for the third time on Monday, Dec. 16, in Philadelphia, Pa. Pujals is one of 20 players on the watch list, and one of only five true freshmen.

Pujals took over as the Crusaders' quarterback in the third quarter against Monmouth on Sept. 21, and completed 12 of 19 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in that contest. He then accounted for 415 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the Sept. 28 victory at Dartmouth, while throwing for 345 yards and four scores in the Oct. 5 triple overtime loss to Harvard. In four total games played this season, Pujals has now connected on 71 of 108 attempts for 764 yards and eight scores, while running the ball 50 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Holy Cross (2-4 overall) returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 12, when it travels to Bucknell (1-3 overall) for its Patriot League opener at 1:00 p.m.

Mouf Adebo, DE, Sam Houston State
Kourtney Berry, LB, Alabama State
Trent Brittain, QB, Incarnate Word
Devin Borders, WR, Eastern Kentucky
Dillon Buechel, QB, Duquesne
Marcus Cox, RB, Appalachian State *
Lawrence Forbes, P, Morgan State
Matt Johnson, QB, Charlotte
Javancy Jones, DE, Jackson State *
Michael Jones, CB, North Carolina Central *
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
John Law, LB, Appalachian State
Christophe Mulumba, LB, Maine
Trenton Norvell, QB, Western Illinois
Donald Payne, S, Stetson
Peter Pujals, QB, Holy Cross *
Martin Ruiz, RB, Youngstown State *
Marquis Smith, LB, Savannah State
Gage Steele, LB, James Madison
Payton Usher, RB, Mercer
* True Freshmen