Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman finished fourth in the Jerry Rice Award voting for National Freshman of the Year coming off his record-breaking season for the Mocs. Huesman tied or set nearly every UTC freshman offensive record while leading the Mocs to a 6-5 overall mark.
Villanova quarterback John Robertson won the award with 56 first-place votes, while Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and Appalachian State wide receiver Sean Price also beat out Huesman.
The 6-1, 210-pound redshirt freshman finished with 10 first-place votes.
He became the first quarterback in school history to lead the team in rushing, totaling 904 yard on 104 attempts, which is the most yards on the ground since former Philadelphia Eagle Eldra Buckley racked up 1,204 in 2006. He also tied the UTC freshman record with seven rushing touchdowns.
Good enough for third in the Southern Conference in total offense, Huesman’s 2,616 yards set a UTC freshman record and is fifth on the Mocs’ overall single-season list. He also led all SoCon freshmen in rushing and total yards.
Huesman didn’t have gawdy numbers in the passing game, but he was efficient when he dropped back to throw. He set UTC freshman records for completions (167), attempts (256) and yards (1,712). His 13 passing touchdowns tied the Mocs’ rookie mark set by Kenyon Earl in 1991. He completed 65 percent of his passes, and his five interceptions were the lowest among the top-5 quarterbacks in the SoCon.
Huesman garnered plenty of attention across the league throughout the season, earning a Chattanooga record four SoCon Freshman of the Week Honors, and the most in one season since Appalachian State’s Armanti Edwards had five in 2006.
He was also named to the SoCon All-Freshman team following the season.
UTC junior linebacker Wes Dothard was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for National Defensive Player of the Year. Dothard, who led the Mocs with 94 tackles, finished 19th in the voting.