Troy Andersen named finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Troy Andersen named finalist for Jerry Rice Award
Dillon quarterback Troy Andersen tries to run past Butte Central's Colter Stillwagon (49) and Clay Fisher (7) Oct. 21, 2016 on the Bob Green Field. (Butte Sports file photo)

BOZEMAN — Montana State freshman Troy Andersen has been named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, presented by STATS Inc. to the top freshman in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

A running back and linebacker from Dillon, Andersen is the first Bobcat named a finalist for the award. He capped a tremendous true freshman campaign this fall by rushing for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Montana State’s home win over Montana on Saturday. He gained 515 yards on the season, most among Big Sky freshmen, and rushed for five touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

That was only half the story, thought. Andersen transitioned to linebacker mid-season, starting and logging a sack against Northern Arizona. He finished the season with nine tackles, and also started regularly on MSU’s coverage and return units on kick teams.

The Jerry Rice Award, along with the Walter Payton Player of the Year Award, the Buck Buchanan Defensive Player of the Year Award, and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, is announced Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.

— MSU Sports Information

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