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YSU's Martin Ruiz on Rice Watch List

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Youngstown State TB Martin Ruiz and Western Illinois QB Treton Norvell have been named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List on Wednesday. The award goes to the FCS's top freshman.

On the year Norvell has completed 84-of-165 passes for 906 yards and nine touchdowns to four interceptions. Norvell also has a touchdown on the ground. He ranks 30th nationally in passing touchdowns, 49th in points responsible for (60), and the offense is fourth nationally committing just four turnovers.

Norvell is tied for fourth among the nation's freshmen with his 60 points responsible for and passing yards, second among freshmen in passing TDs, and seventh in passing efficiency (110.18).

In six games this year, Ruiz has rushed for 491 yards on 88 carries with 10 rushing touchdowns. He has caught nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. He leads the Penguins with 11 touchdowns, 66 points and has 658 all-purpose yards for the campaign.

Ruiz has been a steady contributor since making his YSU debut late in the second quarter of the season opener at Dayton. Against the Flyers, he had 11 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

The Sports Network announced its initial 20-player watch list for the 2013 Rice Award. Named for the legendary wide receiver, who played in the FCS at Mississippi Valley State, the Rice Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season.

The initial position breakdown is five quarterbacks, five linebackers, three running backs, two wide receivers, two defensive ends, one cornerback, one safety and one punter.


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