Jun 19, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT
Six CAA Football running backs were recently named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List on Monday. All players selected are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
So far this offseason, the league has had a number other players hear their names called on different CFPA Preseason Watch Lists as well.
Backs named to the 38-player list were; UAlbany’s Omar Osbourne, Stony Brook’s Marcus Coker, Towson’s Darius Victor, New Hampshire’s Nico Steriti, Villanova’s Kevin Monangai and William & Mary’s Mikal Abdul-Saboor.
As a junior last fall, Osbourne averaged 100.5 yards per game and scored 12 TDs on the ground. He was named to the All-CAA first team and placed third in #CAAFB in total rushing yards with 1,206, while his 12 scores ranked third in the league as well.
Coker is expected to carry the load in the backfield for the Seawolves in 2014 after playing in just two contests one year ago thanks to an early season-ending injury. He finished with 193 yards and one TD in limited action, but eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing and scored nine TDs over 13 games during the 2012 season.
Victor, the 2013 CAA Football Offensive Rookie of the Year, split carries and learned in the TU backfield from Terrance West, who departed to the NFL. Out of all the RBs from the league on the list, Victor is the youngest. As a true freshman last fall, he scampered for 629 yards and scored seven TDs. Even more impressive? Victor averaged 6.4 YPC over 98 attempts.
Steriti is just one season removed from becoming the first Wildcat RB to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing (1,028) since 2002. That’s a long time, even in the UNH offense … He ended 2013 with eight TDs on the ground to go along with 197 carries while playing in all of UNH’s 15 games. Steriti was a second team All-CAA selection last fall.
In his senior season, Monangai should be the go-to back in Villanova’s dangerous offensive attack. Although his numbers in 2013 (643 yards, five TDs) were a little off compared to his 2012 season (1,210 yards, 11 TDs), Monangai’s overall experience in the backfield alongside QB John Robertson will give him ample opportunities against opposing defenses.
Abdul-Saboor stepped his game up as a redshirt sophomore for the Tribe last year, finishing the season ranked third in CAA Football with 91.6 yards per contest. He also led William & Mary with 824 rushing yards and six scores on the ground en route to earning third team All-Conference honors.
In other recent news, CAA Football made its mark in the very early 2014 preseason polls as seven squads earned at least one vote across three polls.
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