Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, has announced its 2016 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington University has been tabbed the 2016 FCS ADA Offensive Player of the Year, while Defensive End Karter Schult of the University Northern Iowa is the 2016 FCS ADA Defensive Player of the Year. Each is a finalist for the STATS Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Award (Payton and Buchanan Awards), which will be announced on Friday, Jan. 6.
The players will be recognized this Saturday at the 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship with a plaque, presented by FCS ADA President Mark Wilson.
On Friday, Jan. 6, the FCS ADA will also announce its Academic All-Stars. That program is in its 19th year.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 23rd year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 52nd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Sr.
1 of 3 remaining finalists for Payton Award . . . Big Sky Conference co-Offensive MVP along with teammate Gage Gubrud, the first time in league history two players from the same team shared the award . . . Unanimous first team selection, and became just the fourth player in league history to earn first team all-league all four seasons . . FCS National Player of the Week once and was honored four times by the Big Sky, caught 117 passes for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns . . . Leads FCS in receiving yards per game (130.8), is second in receptions per game (9.0), and is first in receiving touchdowns (17). Kupp set FCS, Big Sky and school career records in receptions, yards and receiving TDs.
DE Karter Schult, UNI, Sr.
Leads NCAA in sacks with 17.0 and and finished second with 24.0 tackles for loss … No. 2 career leader in the FCS with 35.5 sacks … school record with 56.0 career TFLs … school record with 24.0 single-season TFLs … tied UNI record for single-game TFLs with 5.5 against #14 Montana, finishing with a career-high 10 tackles … interception return for 20 yards against #8 Eastern Washington, with 7 tackles and 3.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks … … 4 TFLs that included 3.0 sacks in UNI’s victory over #17 Western Illinois … back-to-back MVFC Defensive Player of the Week … ended year with 6 consecutive games with a sack … MVFC Defensive Player of the Year.