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Shakir Bell
#22 - RB
Indiana State Sycamores
SR
5-8 , 185

2011 Season StatsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
Wk.Opp.CarriesYdsTDsAvgRec.YardsTDsAvgResult
1at Penn State134303.3L 41-7
2vs. Butler84806W 48-34
3at Western Ky2522128.81-30-3W 44-16
4vs. Youngstown St21256412.2W 37-35
5at South Dakota St221992921507.5W 38-28
6at Northern Iowa14145010.41606L 23-9
7vs. Western Ill21213310.1W 46-24
8at Illinois State2712304.6122022L 17-14
10vs. North Dakota St167904.9441010.2L 27-16
11at Missouri State3920625.331605.3W 28-20
12vs. Southern IllL 35-28
    Totals:2061533137.4129708.16-5

Player Background
Bell is a quick, athletic tailback who not only can find holes in the offensive line, but also make defenders miss often in a one-on-one situation. After a slow start, when he had only 21 rushes in Indiana State's first two games, Bell exploded with back-to-back 200-yard games, including a 256-yard, four-touchdown performance against Youngstown State, followed by a 199-yard game. He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team as a freshman after rushing for 649 yards and two touchdowns. The 2010 Parade All-American selection ran for 3,105 yards (204 ypg) and 38 touchdowns in his senior year of high school.

Evans Claims Buchanan Award
New Hampshire's LB Honored As Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Frisco, TX - New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans kept busy throughout the entire regular season, leading the Football Championship Subdivision with 154 tackles and 88 solo stops.

Friday night, Evans was rewarded for all his stops as he was named the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award winner, which honors the outstanding defensive player in the FCS, is presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com.

"It was really something I didn't expect," Evans said. "It's a huge honor to be a part of that prestigious group."   Continue | Voting

111 TT, 5.5 TFL
3 PBU, 2 SK
2 FF, (10 Games)

88 TT, 3.5 TFL
4 INT, 6 PBU, 1 SK
1 FF, 3 BLK, 3 TDs
(11 Games)

86 TT, 18.5 TFL
7.5 SK, 6 QBH
(13 Games)

51 TT, 2.5 TFL
2 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FF
1 TD, 788 ret yds
1 fum rec
(12 Games)

165 TT, 7.5 TFL
3 INT, 3 PBU
2 SK, 3 FF
2 QBH, 2 TDs
(12 Games)

184 TT, 10 TFL
3 PBU, 6 FF
1 QBH, 2 Rush TDs
(13 Games)

81 TT, 26.5 TFL
2 PBU, 20.5 SK
6 FF, 5 QBH
(11 Games)

118 TT, 5 TFL
1 INT, 7 PBU
2 SK, 1 FF
1 QBH
(11 Games)

54 TT, 0.5 TFL
2 INT, 7 PBU
2 TD, 505 Ret Yds
(10 Games)

50 TT, 6 TFL
2 INT, 12 PBU, 1 SK
1 FF, 1 QBH
(13 Games)

51 TT, 15 TFL, 2 PBU
10.5 SK, 2 FF
5 QBH, 1 BLK
(11 Games)

62 TT, 2 TFL
2 INT, 12 PBU
2 FF, 1 QBH
1 BLK
(11 Games)

69 TT, 14.5 TFL
2 PBU, 7.5 SK
9 QBH, 5 rush TDs
(11 Games)

120 TT, 21 TFL
2 PBU, 3 SK
2 FF, 11 QBH
(11 Games)

75 TT, 1 TFL
9 INT, 4 PBU
2 FF, 283 ret yds
(11 Games)

61 TT, 9 TFL
1 INT, 2 PBU
2 FF, 4 QBH
(11 Games)

67 TT, 16.5 TFL
2 PBU, 6.5 SK
2 QBH, 1 BLK
(13 Games)

69 TT, 22.5 TFL
1 INT, 5 PBU
13 SK, 3 FF
2 QBH
(11 Games)

46 TT, 1 TFL
4 INT, 4 PBU
1 BLK, 1 TD
(11 Games)

122 TT, 5.5 TFL
1 INT, 3 PBU
1.5 SK, 1 QBH
(11 Games)
LEGEND:
TT = Total Tackles,TFL = Tackles for Loss,FF = Forced Fumble,FR = Fumble Recovery
SK = Sack,QBH = QB Hurry,PBU = Pass Breakup,INT = Interception,BLK = Blocked Kick
TD = Touchdown,TFL = 1/2 assist + solo,Solo = Solo Tackles
Ambrose Collects Robinson Award
Towson Coach Honored As Most Outstanding FCS Head Coach
Frisco, TX - Before the season started, Towson was picked to finish last in CAA Football.

However, the Tigers turned the standings upside down this season, putting together a 9-3 record, winning an outright CAA title and hosting a game in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Having guided his team to new heights, Towson coach Rob Ambrose was honored on Friday as the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award recipient, given annually to the FCS Coach of the Year. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.
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Pete Adrian, Norfolk State
Adrian led the Spartans to a 9-2 regular-season record and their first outright Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship as well as their first FCS playoff bid. The Spartans were picked fifth in the MEAC's preseason poll.


Rob Ambrose, Towson
After finishing 3-19 in his first two seasons at Towson, Ambrose led the Tigers to a 9-2 record and their first CAA Football title and FCS playoff bid. The Tigers were picked last in the CAA's preseason poll.

Craig Bohl, North Dakota State
The Bison enter the FCS playoffs as Missouri Valley Football Conference co-champions and with the No. 2 seed. They went 10-1 in the regular season and spent time at No. 1.

Watson Brown, Tennessee Tech
The Golden Eagles had losing records in five of the last six seasons, but Brown has led them to a 7-3 record, a share of their first Ohio Valley Conference title since 1975 and the conference's automatic playoff bid.

Nigel Burton, Portland State
In Burton's second season, the Vikings improved by five wins to 7-4 while tying for third place in the Big Sky Conference. They were picked seventh in the conference's preseason poll.

Ron Caragher, San Diego
The Toreros overcame back-to-back losing seasons by finishing 9-2 for the third time in Caragher's five seasons. They shared the Pioneer Football League championship with Drake.

Andy Coen, Lehigh
Coen guided the Mountain Hawks to their second straight perfect season in the Patriot League, finishing 10-1 overall in the regular season. They earned a first-round bye in the FCS playoffs.

Clint Conque, Central Arkansas
The new purple and gray field at Central Arkansas didn't just dizzy opponents, Conque's 8-3 squad was up to the task as it qualified for the FCS playoffs. The Bears' only Southland Conference loss was to unbeaten Sam Houston State.

Chris Creighton, Drake
Creighton took his squad from an offseason trip to Africa to a share of the Pioneer Football League championship with San Diego. The Bulldogs finished 9-2 for their best record in Creighton's four seasons.

Bob Ford, Albany
Ford earned his 250th career win en route to the Great Danes going 8-3 and capturing a share of the Northeast Conference title and their first playoff bid. Ford has coached at Albany for 42 seasons.

Willie Fritz, Sam Houston State
The Bearkats were the only unbeaten FCS team in the regular season, finishing 11-0 with a win over FBS New Mexico. In Fritz's second season, the Southland Conference champions are ranked No. 1 heading into the playoffs, where they are the top seed.

Gary Harrell, Howard
The Bison improved from 1-10 to 5-6 in Harrell's first season, including a 4-4 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They had a 27-game conference losing streak entering the season.

Anthony Jones, Alabama A&M
The Bulldogs reversed a 3-8 finish in 2010 by going 8-3, qualifying for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game for the fifth time in Jones' 10 seasons. They had a seven-game winning streak after an 0-2 start.

Kevin Kelly, Georgetown
Hoya Paranoia found its way to the gridiron as Kelly led his team to its first winning season (8-3) since 1999 despite playing only four home games. Their 3-2 Patriot record was their best since joining the league in 2001.

Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern
The Eagles won the Southern Conference title with a 9-2 record and spent seven weeks as the FCS' top-ranked team. They earned the third seed for the playoffs.

Tim Murphy, Harvard
Murphy won his sixth Ivy League title while guiding the Crimson to a 9-1 record. They went 7-0 in league games, finishing three games ahead of the four second-place teams.

Chris Mussman, North Dakota
The Fighting Sioux captured a share of the final Great West Football Conference title, reversing a 3-8 record in 2010 with an 8-3 mark this season. Two of the losses were against FBS teams.

Robin Pflugrad, Montana
After the Grizzlies' 17-year playoff run ended last year, Pflugrad has taken them back as the Big Sky Conference co-champion. They won their final seven games in the regular season to improve to 9-2.

Chuck Priore, Stony Brook
The Seawolves overcame an 0-3 start (including losses to two FBS schools) to earn their first outright Big South Conference title and bid to the playoffs. They ended the regular season with an 8-3 mark.

Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
In the Monarchs' first season in the rugged CAA, they went 9-2 overall and tied for second place. They secured their first playoff bid in just their third season as a program.
West Wins Inaugural Rice Award
Towson's RB Honored As Most Outstanding FCS Freshman
Frisco, TX - It was a season that almost wasn't for Towson freshman running back Terrance West, as he nearly redshirted and sat out the first game of the season.

But, after his redshirt was lifted, teams couldn't keep the 5-foot-11, 222-pound freshman out of the end zone. West rushed for 27 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking No. 1 in the FCS.

Friday night, West was honored with the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, which is awarded to the outstanding freshman in the FCS. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.   Continue | Voting

Christian Bryan, Youngstown State, WR, 5-10, 180
The Penguins' big-play threat grabbed 45 passes for 719 yards (the FCS high for freshmen). He caught six touchdowns.


Mike Crutcher, Missouri State, FS, 6-2, 198
The redshirt freshman collected 83 tackles with one interception and three pass breakups. He had 13 tackles against North Dakota State.

Chuck Dibilo, Princeton, RB, 5-11, 200
The first freshman in Ivy League history to rush for over 1,000 yards, Dibilo finished with 1,068 yards. He scored eight total touchdowns.

Michael German, Tennessee State, QB, 6-2, 215
German was elevated to starter in October and finished the season by throwing for 1,899 yards and 12 touchdowns. He did not throw an interception in his first 137 attempts.

D'Vonte Grant, North Carolina A&T, LB, 5-11, 215
The active redshirt frosh totaled a team-high 87 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, two quarterback hits, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.

R.J. Harris, New Hampshire, WR, 6-0, 194
The redshirt freshman was spectacular in September, then finished the season with 46 receptions for 658 yards and seven touchdowns.

Julian Hayes, Monmouth, RB, 5-10, 220
A workhorse, Hayes rushed for 805 yards and 14 touchdowns on 216 carries. He scored four touchdowns in a game and three touchdowns in two other games.

Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, QB, 6-1, 190
In completing nearly 71 percent of his passes, Heinicke was 165 of 233 for 1,770 yards and 15 touchdowns with only one interception. He rushed for 263 yards and three touchdowns.

David Johnson, Northern Iowa, RB, 6-3, 214
The No. 2-ranked Panthers have relied heavily on its redshirt freshman, who rushed for 730 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season.

Dillon Lucas, Villanova, LB, 6-0, 215
A consistent player, Lucas averaged 8.4 tackles to lead FCS freshmen. He had 51 solos among his 92 total tackles.

Brady Measom, Southern Utah, WR, 5-9, 165
Part of a deep receiving corps at Southern Utah, Measom had 48 receptions for 547 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an 12.3-yard average on 15 punt returns.

Greg McGhee, Howard, QB, 6-3, 200
A mobile left-hander, he was a threat as a passer (182 of 321 for 1,784 yards and 13 touchdowns) or a runner (388 yards, four touchdowns) for the resurgent Bison.

Jake Miller, Eastern Washington, Punter, 6-5, 205
A transfer from Washington State, Miller came on strong during his redshirt freshman season, averaging 44.2 yards per punt. He booted 10 punts of at least 50 yards.

Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette, RB, 6-0, 190
The all-around standout ranked 40th in the FCS with 127.5 all-purpose yards per game in the regular season. He rushed for 499 yards and also was a threat as a receiver and kick returner.

Neal Sterling, Monmouth, WR, 6-3, 235
Sterling led all FCS freshmen in receptions (57) and was second in receiving yards (677) in the regular season. He caught five touchdowns.

Austin Sumner, South Dakota State, QB, 6-5, 230
After the Jackrabbits turned the offense over to the redshirt freshman, he had five 300-yard games in his seven starts. He set a Missouri Valley Conference record for freshmen with 2,382 passing yards while firing 16 touchdowns.

Jordan Wells, Southeastern Louisiana, RB/KR, 5-11, 195
The redshirt freshman shattered the Southland Conference record for kickoff return yards in a season with 1,383 on 52 returns (26.5-yard average). He had 265 return yards against Central Arkansas.

Terrance West, Towson, RB, 5-11, 222
West led all FCS freshmen with 1,242 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns in the regular season. He scored at least two touchdowns in nine games.

Brandon White, San Diego, WR, 6-3, 195
While the Toreros won a share of the Pioneer Football League title, White caught 45 passes for 561 yards and five touchdowns.

Will Whitman, Harvard, OT, 6-6, 260
The first freshman offensive lineman to start under veteran head coach Tim Murphy, Whitman has 53 knockdowns and was excellent on pass protection. The Crimson ranked third in scoring in the FCS in the regular season.

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