Mercer’s Russ is fifth in Jerry Rice Award

Mercer QB John Russ was fifth in voting for the Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the top freshman in the FCS.

Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp won the award on Monday, followed by Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox, who is from Dacula.

Kupp has 85 catches for 1,567 yards and 21 TDs for the Eagles, who are in the FCS semifinals. Cox rushed for 1,250 yards and 15 TDs for the Mountaineers.

Russ (Mill Creek), who was the Pioneer Football League’s freshman of the year, led Mercer to a 10-2 record in its first season since 1941. He rushed for  903 yards and 12 TDs, and was 122-for-233 for 1,916 yards and 21 TDs passing.

Mercer coach Bobby Lamb finished 11th in voting for the Eddie Robinson Award, which goes that that season’s top coach. North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl won that for the second consecutive season.

Lamb recently signed a contract extension through 2019.

Check back here the next few days as the AP releases its All-America teams. The schedule: The All-America team will be released Dec. 17; the FCS team on Dec. 18; and the Little All-America team on Dec. 19.

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December 24th, 2013
9:43 am

That is exciting news for the Mercer Bears. It is nice to see QB John Russ get the recognition that he deserves. Also Proud to see that Mercer ’s President Underwood is smart enough to lock up Mercer’s outstanding Coach Lamb for the future. Love Mercer’s approach of hiring top coaches and keeping them. Good coaches get good players and that leads to more victories and more fans. Mercer got what it wanted for Christmas. Thank you Santa.


December 16th, 2013
7:28 pm

Congrats John Russ great job.
Congrats Coach Lamb looking forward to next year. Go Bears!