Stephen Calvert's strong play during his rookie season has started to draw national attention as he was named to the STATS FCS Freshman of the Year Award Watch List, earlier today.
Calvert was one of 17 players named to the first version of this year's STATS FCS Freshman of the Year Award Watch List. The list could be updated prior to voting at the end of the regular season in November.
Calvert is the first Flame to be named to a national freshman of the year award watch list since quarterback Josh Woodrum in 2012. Woodrum finished in 13th place in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award, a Sports Network award honoring the nation's top freshman prior to STATS taking over the national FCS awards.
In three starts at quarterback, Calvert has completed 71.3 percent of his pass attempts (72-of-101) for 901 yards and eight touchdowns with a 168.40 passing efficiency rating.
In seven games this year, the rookie has thrown for 1,214 yards, a mark that currently ranks third in program history for passing yards in a season by a freshman.
Calvert is 752 yards behind Woodrum's freshman passing mark in 2012 (1,966) and 762 yards behind Paul Johnson's freshman school passing record set in 1986 (1,976).
Calvert has been honored three times this season by the Big South. He was named Freshman of the Week following the SMU and Monmouth games and Offensive Player of the Week after the Kennesaw State contest.
The native of Plantation, Fla., was named STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week yesterday after having a career day in a 52-28 victory over Monmouth.
Calvert finished the game completing 27-of-34 passing attempts for 350 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 79.4 percent of his passing attempts against Monmouth, his highest completion percentage in three starts at quarterback.
Calvert threw for a career-best 350 yards, his second 300-yard passing game in 2016. His 350 passing yards against Monmouth is the 18th highest single-game passing performance in program history. With his second 300-yard game of the season, Calvert becomes the 10th player in program history with multiple 300-yard passing games.
Calvert and the Flames close out the month of October at home by hosting Gardner-Webb at Williams Stadium, this Saturday. Kickoff for the Family Weekend game is set for 3:30 p.m.
2016 STATS FCS Freshman of the Year Award Watch List Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina, QB, 6-2, 180, St. Petersburg, Fla. Jordan Bentley, Alabama A&M, RB, 6-0, 200, Guntersville, Ala. Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, S, 6-1, 240, Lanett, Ala. Elijah Burress, Campbell, QB, 6-2, 225, Fredericksburg, Va. Stephen Calvert, Liberty, QB, 6-2, 180, Plantation, Fla. Jaylan Foster, Gardner-Webb, CB, 6-0, 190, Duncan, S.C. A.J. Hines, Duquesne, RB, 5-11, 220, Wilson, N.C. Pop Lacey, New Hampshire, S, 6-0, 194, Reading, Pa. Sully Laiche, Nicholls, DE, 6-2, 255, Gramercy, La. Joe Logan, Northern Arizona, RB, 5-11, 200, Buckeye, Ariz. Jerry Louie-McGee, Montana, WR, 5-9, 168, Coeur d'Alenee, Idaho Steven Newbold, Tennessee State, WR, 5-11, 170, Carol City, Fla. Corey Parker, William & Mary, S, 5-11, 190, Haymarket, Va. Max Roberts, Fordham, LB, 6-1, 222, Delaware, Ohio Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, LB, 6-2, 215, Sioux Center, Iowa Shane Simpson, Towson, RB/RS, 5-9, 185, Easton, Pa. Gee Stanley, Robert Morris, LB, 6-2, 200, Miami, Fla.
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