J.J. Raffelson Finishes 15th in Jerry Rice Award Voting
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 12/17/2012
Share |
Courtesy: WIU Visual Productions Center
View larger

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Redshirt-freshman linebacker J.J. Raffelson (Lake Zurich/Lake Zurich) received votes for each of the top five placing in the final tally for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award, presented by The Sports Network. The Western Illinois redshirt-freshman finished 15th in the final balloting for the National Freshman of the Year Award, announced on Monday night (Dec. 17).

Raffelson received one vote each for first, second and third place. He received five votes for fourth place and four more for fifth place, totaling 26 points. Raffelson was only 26 points shy of a 'Top 10' finish.

Quarterback John Robertson of Villanova received 56 first-place votes and 412 total points. Fellow Missouri Valley Football Conference-member Sawyer Kollmorgen, quarterback from Northern Iowa, was second with 361 points (25 first-place votes). Linebacker T.J. Lally from South Dakota State, the only other MVFC finalist, came in seventh place.

In his first year as starting middle linebacker, Raffelson earned Honorable Mention All-MVFC accolades. He recorded 105 stops overall, including four for a loss. Five times during his rookie year he reached double-digits in tackles. He stands in a tie for 33rd nationally averaging 9.6 tackles per game, and among all freshman nationally has the third-most tackles.

2012 Jerry Rice Award Voting

Name

School

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Total

1. John Robertson

Villanova

56

17

10

12

10

412

2. Sawyer Kollmorgen

UNI

25

34

18

19

8

361

3. Sean Price

Appalachian St

18

25

21

20

19

312

4. Jacob Huesman

Chattanooga

10

16

10

17

15

193

5. Zak Browning

Southern Utah

8

8

22

13

11

175

6. Vernon Adams

Eastern Wash

12

12

12

8

13

173

7. T.J. Lally

South Dakota St

1

5

15

9

8

96

8. Kieran McDonagh

Portland St

3

7

6

10

8

89

9. Terrick Colston

Delaware St

5

2

3

5

4

56

10. James Cowser

Southern Utah

1

3

6

4

9

52

11. Elandon Roberts

Morgan St

1

4

5

2

6

46

12. Jeff Williams

Delaware

0

3

4

5

12

46

13. Josh Woodrum

Liberty

0

4

3

7

0

39

14. Scott Lathrop

SE Missouri St

2

2

2

0

3

27

15. J.J. Raffelson

Western Ill

1

1

1

5

4

26

16. Jameer Jackson

North Dakota

1

1

3

1

1

21

17. Jake Hutson

Valparaiso

0

1

1

1

10

19

18. Reese Hannon

Furman

1

0

1

1

2

12

19. Luke Hagy

Cornell

0

0

1

3

1

10

20. Luke Rhodes

William & Mary

0

0

1

3

1

10

#wiuathletics


WIU Football


advertisement

Rocky Vision


BullDog Image