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.
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.