Mocs Freshman DB Lucas Webb Added to Jerry Rice Award Watch List


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive back Lucas Webb was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, the Sports Network announced today.  This honor goes to the National Freshman of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). 

Webb, a native of Northport, Ala., is quickly establishing himself as one of the top defensive backs in the Southern Conference.  He has already accounted for four takeways with three interceptions and one fumble recovery. 

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He posted 37-yard pick-6 against No. 9 Jacksonville State and had two more in the league win over Samford.  His fumble recovery came in a road win against Austin Peay.  He has started all five games at strong safety, totaling 22 tackles and another breakup. 

Webb was named the SoCon Freshman of the Week following the Jacksonville State game and the National Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness following the Samford win. 

The top first-year player in the FCS, whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman, will win the award named for the legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State. The 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.


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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at