For the second straight year, a Tennessee State player has been named to the Jerry Rice Award watch list.
On Wednesday, Tigers tailback Telvin Hooks was named to the short list for the national award that honors the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision. Last year, quarterback Michael German was a finalist in the inaugural year of the award.
Hooks, a redshirt-freshman, is the lone representative of the Ohio Valley Conference and just one of 16 players on the list.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 17 at the FCS national banquet in Philadelphia.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder from Edgewater, Fla., is averaging 6.4 yards a carry. He ranks second on the team behind junior Trabis Ward with 374 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came last weekend in a 40-13 rout of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which also allowed Hooks to pick up 108 yards on the ground.
The 24th-ranked Tigers (5-0, 1-0) host No. 16 Eastern Kentucky (4-1, 2-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Hale Stadium.