Northeast: Sacred Heart's RJ Noel Joins Jerry Rice Award Watch List
Sacred Heart quarterback RJ Noel (Lowell, Mass.) was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List on Tuesday. The Rice Award, now in its third season, honors the top first-year player in the FCS, whether a true freshman or a redshirt-freshman. Noel, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound redshirt-freshman, has helped Sacred Heart to a 7-1 record this season. He has completed 114-of-208 passes for 1,494 yards and 18 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Additionally, Noel has carried the ball 90 times for 424 yards and five touchdowns. Last week, Noel threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as Sacred Heart won at Bryant 56-28. He was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday for the fourth time this season.