Jan. 3, 2018
CLEVELAND - The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, has announced its 2017 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State University has been named the 2017 FCS ADA Offensive Player of the Year, while FCS ADA Defensive Player of the Year honors go to James Madison University's defensive lineman, Andrew Ankrah. Respectively, each is a finalist for the STATS Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Award (Payton and Buchanan Awards), which will be announced on Friday, Jan. 5.
The players will be recognized on Saturday (Jan. 6) at the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship with a plaque, presented by current FCS ADA Second Vice President and Director of Athletics at Bryant University, Bill Smith.
Here is how Briscoe and Ankrah garnered FCS ADA Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors:
QB Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State University, Sr.
The senior quarterback won the Payton Award a year ago and is seeking to become just the second FCS player in history to win it multiple times ... He led FCS and set a SHSU single-season record with 5,003 yards passing in 2017, while also leading the country for the second consecutive season with 45 touchdown passes ... The Bearkat trigger man is the first Kat to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.
DL Andrew Ankrah, James Madison University, Sr.
Ankrah was voted a consensus All-American this season, having earned first team accolades on all six major All-America teams ... He is a top-3 finalist for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award ... He has already won CAA Defensive Player of the Year and Touchdown Club of Richmond Division I Defensive Lineman of the Year accolades ... Ankrah has tallied 54 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and recorded a defensive touchdown ... He currently ranks fourth all-time at JMU with 26.0 career sacks
This Friday, Jan. 5, the FCS ADA will announce the Academic All-Star Team, which is celebrating its 20th year.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 24th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.