Sunday, January 18, 2015

2014 All-Bilo RB of the Year Finalists and Winner: FCS

My finalists for the 2014 All-Bilo RB of the Year, FCS are...

Marshaun Coprich, Illinois State
Zach Zenner, South Dakota State
Chase Edmonds, Fordham

Coprich helped lead Illinois State to their first ever FCS title game appearance in 2014 after rushing for 2274 yards and 27 TDs on the season. Coprich's yards rushing and TDs both led the nation, while his average of 151.6 yards per game had the junior finishing second nationally in that category.

Zenner is a resident in this category every season, and could be back for one more go in 2015 after the junior rushed for 2019 yards and 22 scores. Zenner averaged 144.2 yards per game, and has become a staple during the awards season.

Edmonds came out of nowhere for Fordham, and rushed for 1838 yards for a Fordham team that ended up finishing a bit short of where they probably should have been in 2014. Edmonds averaged 131.3 yards per game, and added great value with 23 TDs on the year for the Rams.

And the winner is...

Marshaun Coprich, Illinois State
Coprich was a key component in the Redbirds run to the FCS title game in 2014, their first such appearance in program history. Coprich gave the Redbird offense a secondary dimension that was necessary to break open a passing game that often needed a distraction, but had a great deal of success deep when teams tried to key too much on him.
Coprich will return in 2015, and will be a front runner once again for this award.
Congratulations to Marshaun and the entire Illinois State program on an outstanding season.

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