Cohen earns preseason All-American Honors and watch list recognition
Darius Victor (Towson Tigers) and Herb Walker Jr. (Morgan State Bears) are also on the watch list.
7/14/2015, 3:15 p.m. | Updated on 7/14/2015, 12:07 p.m.
Greensboro,NC STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, has announced its preseason Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year Watch List and its All-America teams to kick off a broad plan that will see it significantly expand its coverage of FCS.
North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen made the watch list and earned third-team preseason All-American honors as an all-purpose player. Cohen is the returning co-offensive player of the year in the MEAC. Over the past two seasons he has led the MEAC in rushing and was third in 2014 in the FCS in yards per carry (6.8). He also ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing yards per game (11th, 121.8 ypg), rushing TD’s (15th, 15) and points per game (18th, 8.7 ppg).
STATS, which purchased The Sports Network (TSN) in February, will look to build on the momentum its acquisition has created for rich content in the FCS market. For almost three decades, TSN has served the FCS community with such staples as a pre-and postseason All-American team, weekly Top 25 poll, national players of the week, award watch lists and season-ending awards.
In addition, STATS is creating a dedicated FCS website featuring breaking news, real-time scores and other unique content that will combine the strengths of the company’s data, editorial and products expertise for players, coaches and fans. The company is scheduled to release its preseason Top 25 poll on Aug. 10.
The 2015 season won't be easy on defensive coordinators as nine of the 13 FCS conferences return their offensive player of the year and 12 players who were finalists for national player of the year honors last season are back. They were among the 22 players nominated Monday to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, including one from each FCS conference.
The breakdown by position for the watch list: 10 quarterbacks, nine running backs and three wide receivers. The conferences with the most nominees were CAA Football and the Missouri Valley with three each. The STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List can undergo revision during the 2015 season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the winner following the regular season.
Also this season, STATS will honor the outstanding defensive player in the FCS, a freshman player of the year and a coach of the year with season-ending awards.
2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award Watch List
Tarik Cohen - No. 28
North Carolina A&T Aggies
Running Back - Junior
Hometown: Bunn, North Carolina
*Cohen's smaller stature doesn't belie his big playmaking ability. He's superb in open space, whether it be on carries or receptions, and has been clocked in 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also can run hard between the tackles and shed defenders.
*Had 15 carries of at least 25 yards in 2014, leading to a 6.8-yard average which ranked third in the FCS. Finished with 1,340 yards and 15 touchdowns on 197 carries as well as 143.4 all-purpose yards per game for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-champs. Also named the conference's co-offensive player of the year.