Football's Carter Named to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

Football's Carter Named to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

Merrimack College football redshirt freshman wide receiver, Jacari Carter, has been named to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, as announced by Stats Perform Wednesday.

The prestigious award is named for legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice and is given to the best freshman player in the FCS. Carter is building a very solid case for himself this season as he has been the most reliable target for quarterback Westin Elliott. Through seven games, Carter has 57 receptions for 449 yards to go along with six touchdowns.

His top performance came Sep. 18 at Maine when he brought in 18 catches for 131 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It tied him for the second most catches in a single game in Warrior history and tied him for the 15th most catches in a single game in FCS history. He was six off the all-time best performance, which was done by Rice himself along with Chas Gessner.

The Sayreville, N.J. native has been a revelation for Merrimack and now finds himself in the hunt for an award that has previously been won by star NFL players such as Cooper Kupp, Chase Edmonds and Trey Lance.

To be eligible for the Rice Award, a freshman can't have surpassed four games played in one previous academic year – similar to the NCAA's regular redshirt rule. More players can join the watch list before a 50-member, national media panel selects the winner following the regular season. Carter is one of just 22 players from around the nation that were named to the list.