ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine football redshirt freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba (Montreal, Quebec) has been named to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, as announced by The Sports Network on Wednesday afternoon. The Jerry Rice Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) freshman.
Mulumba, a two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rookie of the week thus far, currently leads the Black Bears with 47 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Mulumba also leads Maine with a pair of interceptions and one fumble recovery.
The Jerry Rice award recipient is chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors. The award is named in honor of National Football League Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, a former standout at Mississippi Valley State University.
The past two Jerry Rice award winners have represented the CAA with Villanova quarterback John Robertson winning the award in 2012 and Towson running back Terrance West receiving the honor in 2011.
The 2013 Jerry Rice award winner wil be announced following the season.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at [email protected].