By College Sporting News
The NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision coach of the year award is named in honor of the all-time winningest FCS coach, Roy Kidd from Eastern Kentucky University. Kidd finished his hall of fame career with more FCS wins than any other coach in history, with 223.
Kidd was born in Corbin, Kentucky in 1931 and played quarterback at Eastern Kentucky from 1950-53. He was hired as Eastern's head football coach in 1964. In 1967, Kidd led the Colonels to the first of 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles during his tenure, as well as a victory in the Grantland Rice Bowl over Ball State.
After being classified in the new Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) in 1978, EKU and Kidd made appearances in four straight national championship games, winning in 1979 and 1982, and finishing as runner-up in 1980 and 1981.
Following the national championships, Kidd's teams never suffered a losing campaign. He led the school to 18 playoff appearances, including a stretch of making the postseason in 16 out of 17 seasons.
In total, Kidd led the Colonels to 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles and a national record 17 NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances in 39 years. He won the OVC Coach of the Year honor ten times and was previously twice honored as the NCAA Division I-AA national coach of the year.
Over the course of his career, Kidd had a record of 315-123-8, a .715 winning percentage. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
At retirement, Kidd was the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA history with 315 victories. He recorded 37 non-losing seasons, including a streak of 25 straight seasons with a winning record. Kidd coached 55 All-Americans, 202 First Team All-OVC selections and 41 student-athletes who signed National Football League contracts.
A member of the OVC, EKU and Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame, the Colonels' stadium was named Roy Kidd Stadium in his honor. The street that fronts the stadium has been renamed "Roy and Sue Kidd Way" in honor of Kidd and his wife, Susan Purcell Kidd.
The Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year award is one of many other honors bestowed in his name. The Roy & Sue Kidd Scholarship is also awarded at EKU for a football manager.
The NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) offensive player of the year award is named in honor of the great Adrian "AP" Peterson from Georgia Southern University. AP remains the leading rusher in NCAA Division I history, a mark he set over a decade ago.
Adrian Nicholas Peterson was born on July 1, 1979 and is from Alachua, Florida where he was a high school All-American football player. From 1998-2001, Peterson played for the Georgia Southern University Eagles.
With AP at runningback, GSU went to four NCAA Division I playoffs and won two championships against the top competition available.
In 57 career games including the playoffs, he carried 1,378 times for 9,145 yards (6.6 avg), 111 touchdowns and an average of 160.44 yards per game.
He is the NCAA Division I football leading rusher of all-time. Period.
AP set the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a season for a freshman. He was the first sophomore to win an award for most outstanding player in NCAA Division I-AA. Peterson finished among the top three vote-getters for the Walter Payton Award in all four of his college football seasons, winning it in 1999. He failed to gain 100 yards in a game only three times in his college career.
On September 29th, 2012 Peterson was inducted into the Georgia Southern hall of fame and the Southern Conference hall of fame in 2009.
At the end of his college career he held 25 game, single season and career records in the league and owned 16 NCAA Division I records.
The street where he grew up is named in his honor and the south entrance wall of Paulson Stadium at GSU bears a painting of him.
His autobiography, "Don't Dis My Abilities" (a play on words regarding his speech impediment) was released in 2012 and a portion of the book sales fund a scholarship at GSU.
He now works as a motivational speaker through his charities in Illinois, Georgia and Florida.
The NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) defensive player of the year award is named in honor of James "Boomer" Grigsby from Illinois State University. Boomer finished his college career as one of the most celebrated players in FCS history.
James Harvey Grigsby was born November 15, 1981 in Canton, Illinois where he attended and played high school football at Canton High School.
He was an all-area linebacker during his senior season but was not recruited to play college football until an Illinois State coach saw him lifting weights in his high school's weight room.
At Illinois State University he was a four-year letterman and blossomed into one of the most decorated defensive players in FCS history.
A three-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year, he is the only player in league history to accomplish this feat.
Known as a passionate ball-hawk with a motor that never stops running, Boomer owns the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Illinois State career tackles record with 580, which was an NCAA record mark at the time.
Grigsby was an All-American for three-straight years (2002, 2003 and 2004) and was also a three-time Sports Network Buck Buchanan Award finalist as the nation's top FCS defensive player. He is the only player in the history of the award to finish in the top-three for three-consecutive years.
Boomer has been inducted into the Canton High School and Illinois State Halls of Fame plus he is a member of the MVFC All-Select NFL team and Silver Anniversary Team (announced in 2009).
See the list of the recipients and all CSN awards here!