MISSOULA — The University of Montana’s Ellis Henderson and Jamaal Jones have been placed on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Watch List for wide receivers, that organization announced recently.
Six Montana players have now earned spots on the CFPA’s 2014 watch list. On defense, senior defensive end Zack Wagenmann was named to the list for defensive linemen, while senior free safety Matt Hermanson was named to the watch list for defensive backs. On offense, senior Jordan Johnson was named to the list for quarterbacks, and senior Jordan Canada was named to the list for running backs.
A 6-foot, 185-pound junior from Portland, Ore., last season Henderson became the 11th receiver in school history to have more than 1,000 receiving yards with a team-high 1,008. His 14 receiving touchdowns tie him for the third most in UM’s single-season history, while his 15 total touchdowns a year ago tie him for the eighth most ever. He was the recipient of UM’s Terry Dillon Award (outstanding back or receiver) last season.
Following his sophomore season, Henderson was named second team All-Big Sky Conference at both wide receiver and as a return specialist. He averaged a league-high 23.4 yards per catch. He was ranked in the league’s top 10 in five categories: first in punt return average (12.2 ypr); fourth in kickoff return average (24.0 ypr); sixth in scoring (tied at 6.9 ppg) and all-purpose yards (142.4 ypg); and 10th in receiving yards a game (77.5 pg).
Henderson’s 14 touchdown grabs were the third most in the FCS in 2013. Last season he was ranked seventh in the nation in punt returns; 19th in all-purpose yards; and 39th in kickoff return average. His 1,851 all-purpose yards were the seventh most ever in a season at Montana.
Jones, a 6-1, 191-pound junior from Spanaway, Wash., started all 13 games last season. A year ago he was second on the team with 42 receptions (just one catch behind Henderson) and in average yards per catch (18.1 average).
Jones was also second on the squad with 760 receiving yards, and he scored three touchdowns. He had two or more catches in nine games.
The initial watch list includes 38 returning performers, vying for the top wide receiver award in the FCS. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
Last season linebacker Jordan Tripp earned the CFPA Elite Linebacker Award, while cornerback Trumaine Johnson earned the CFPA Elite Defensive Back Award in 2011.
— Montana Sports Information