East Carolina junior inside receiver Isaiah Jones was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, according to an announcement by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation on Wednesday.
The annual award recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football. It is Jones second preseason designation following his selection to the Paul Hornung watch list, which is awarded to the most versatile player.
Last season, Jones started nine of 13 games, hauling down 81 passes for 830 yards with five touchdowns. He also added 485 return yards, 477 of which came on kickoffs.
Wuerffel Trophy: Fifteen players from the ACC, including North Carolina linebacker Shakeel Rashad, N.C. State offensive guard Tony Adams and Duke linebacker Kelby Brown, were named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list, the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., announced.
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Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the trophy is awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Adams was an Academic All-ACC performer and posted numerous community service hours through the school’s student-athlete development program, the football team’s initiatives and on his own.
Brown, who is pursuing a graduate degree in Christian studies, has taken international mission trips to Honduras and Mexico and has volunteered locally with Kid’s Club in Oxford Manor, Durham Rescue Mission and Serve RDU.
AFCA Good Works Team: St. Augustine’s tailback Roderick Davenport was among the 197 players nominated for the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which recognizes players across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.
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ECU: The program announced the signing of six men and 19 women to its 2015-16 recruiting class. All but one of the signees are incoming freshman, with the exception of Raqurra Ishmar, a senior transfer from Florida International. The class includes five from the Triangle area: Julia Brown and Cayla Rodney (Cary High), Atlanta Woodall (Riverside), Courtney Warner (Aycock) and Jonte Leaston (Millbrook).
Meredith: The school named Tammy Holleman as its head trainer Wednesday. Holleman served as an assistant trainer for the Avenging Angels in 2010 before leaving to work at Barton for the past four years. She and husband Ryan reside in Knightdale with their daughter Karlie Rae.