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.