Heaston Named to CFPA Freshman of the Year Watch List
Oct. 24, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Missouri State freshman running back Ryan Heaston (Cordova, Tenn.) was one of 30 NCAA Division I FCS players to be included on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List Wednesday.
Heaston was one of five Missouri Valley Football Conference freshmen selected for CFPA's list, joining Indiana State's Connor Underwood, UNI's Sawyer Kollmorgen, South Dakota State's T.J. Lally and Youngstown State's Andre Stubbs. Heaston was also previously named to The Sport's Network's Jerry Rice Award Watch List, which honors the national freshman of the year at the NCAA Division I FCS level.
Heaston, who has been sidelined the last two weeks due to injury, has been one of the top freshman running backs in the nation this season, gaining 415 yards on 81 carries (5.1 yards per carry) in six games. He is also the club's top all-purpose gainer with an average of 97.2 yards per game.
He posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts -- both as a reserve -- with 126 yards on 22 carries against Southern Illinois (Sept. 22) and 148 yards on 20 carries at South Dakota State (Sept. 29). His five pass receptions and 183 all-purpose yards against No. 25 SDSU were both game highs. The redshirt freshman collected over 100 all-purpose yards in three straight contests, Sept. 15-29.
Heaston is just the fourth Missouri State freshman to collect multiple 100-yard rushing games in the same season, and his 148 ground yards at SDSU marked the highest single-game rushing total by an MSU rookie in the Division I era and second-highest ever for a Bear freshman.
The CFPA watch list represents a rough guide, highlighting freshmen whose performances merit recognition. Freshmen are not preemptively eliminated from consideration, and all players are eligible for weekly, annual, and career awards at their respective positions.
Previous FCS recipients include Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke (2011) and Montana State quarterback DeNarius McGhee (2010).
2012 FCS National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List: