Philadelphia, PA ( - An impressive 11 different positions were represented among the 25 Jerry Rice Award finalists when voting began on Monday. The Rice Award, now in its fourth season, and named for the legendary wide receiver who starred collegiately at Mississippi Valley State, honors the top first-year player on the FCS level of college football, whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Rice Award. The winner will be announced Dec. 15 at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation. The Rice Award has been a barometer for FCS greatness. The first three winners have been former Towson running back Terrance West (2011), now with the Cleveland Browns, and two 2014 Walter Payton Award finalists for FCS player of the year, Villanova quarterback John Robertson (2012) and Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp (2013). The Sports Network FCS Awards package is located at The 2014 Jerry Rice Award finalists: Arron Baker, Alcorn State, Running Back, 5-10, 235, Belle Glade, Florida 12 games: 101 carries, 682 yards, 6.6 ypc, 13 TD Mike Basile, Monmouth, Safety, 6-1, 185, Brick, New Jersey 11 games: 78 TT, 59 Solo, 4 TFL, 1 SK, 4 INT, 5 PBU DeAndre Brown, Abilene Christian, Running Back, 5-9, 190, Lewisville, Texas 10 games: 137 carries, 962 yards, 7.0 ypc, 9 TD; 12 receptions, 91 yards; 123.8 all-purpose ypg Al Cobb, VMI, Quarterback, 6-3, 190, Pulaski, Tennessee 12 games: 269-for-438 (61.4 percent), 2,971 yards, 20 TD, 10 INT, 128.9 passing efficiency, 247.6 ypg; 56 carries, 124 yards, 2 TD Chandler Curtis, Mercer, Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, 5-10, 186, Calhoun, Georgia 12 games: 5 carries, 92 yards, 1 TD; 28 receptions, 564 yards, 5 TD; 17 kick returns, 29.6-yard average, 1 TD; 11 punt returns, 24.6-yard average, 3 TD; 119.2 all-purpose ypg Chase Edmonds, Fordham, Running Back/Kick Returner, 5-9, 185, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 12 games: 252 carries, 1,539 yards, 6.1 ypc, 21 TD, 128.2 ypg; 15 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD; 17 kick returns, 20.6-yard KO return average; 165.5 all-purpose ypg Josh Gontarek, Albany, Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, 5-11, 170, Mt. Airy, Maryland 12 games: 58 receptions, 687 yards, 8 TD; 6 carries, 92 yards; 7 KO returns, 15.7-yard average; 76.6 all-purpose ypg Christian Guzman, Houston Baptist, Punter, 5-9, 160, Brookshire, Texas 11 games: 67 punts, 44.1-yard average, 68 long, 4 TB, 5 FC, 14 I20, 23 50+ P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, Defensive End, 6-1, 270, Seguin, Texas 12 games: 60 TT, 27 Solo, 19 TFL, 8 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FF, 3 BLK Austin Howard, Southern, Quarterback, 6-0, 190, Edgard, Louisiana 11 games: 139-for-272 (51.1 percent), 1,924 yards, 14 TD, 7 INT, 122.4 passing efficiency; 56 carries, 161 yards, 4 TD Damond Jackson, Prairie View A&M, Safety, 6-0, 195, New Orleans 10 games: 80 TT, 36 Solo, 5.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF Mario Jenkins, Idaho State, Linebacker, 6-1, 205, Nampa, Idaho 12 games: 120 TT, 48 Solo, 10.5 TFL, 2 SK, 3 INT, 4 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 FF, 1 FR Alex Lakes, Mercer, Running Back, 5-10, 205, Newnan, Georgia 12 games: 200 carries, 1,107 yards, 5.5 ypc, 17 TD, 92.2 ypg; 4 receptions, 40 yards Justin Lea, Jacksonville State, Right Tackle, 6-4, 275, Henagar, Alabama Starter at right tackle for Gamecocks team that is ranked No. 5 nationally in rushing offense and No. 4 in total offense with only 14 sacks allowed in 11 games Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, Linebacker, 6-3, 200, Lake View, South Carolina 11 games: 86 TT, 72 Solo, 14 TFL, 5 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, Cornerback, 5-10, 175, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 12 games: 43 TT, 27 Solo, 1.5 TFL, 3 INT, 10 PBU, 2 FR, 5 BLK Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190, Deerfield, New Hampshire 10 games: 49 receptions, 815 yards, 7 TD; 12 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD Daniel Riddle, Western Carolina, Linebacker, 6-1, 225, Raleigh, North Carolina 12 games: 74 TT, 35 Solo, 5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF Sam Schrader, Butler, Running Back, 5-10, 185, Mishawaka, Indiana 10 games: 74 carries, 604 yards, 8.2 ypg, 9 TD; 11 receptions, 157 yards, 2 TD; 81 all-purpose ypg James Simms, Towson, Linebacker, 6-3, 190, Laurel, Maryland 11 games: 99 TT, 42 Solo, 7 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FF Nathan Stone, Duquesne, Linebacker, 5-11, 234, Scottsdale, Pennsylvania 12 games: 100 TT, 53 Solo, 8 TFL, 3 SK, 3 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FF Lucas Webb, Chattanooga, Free Safety, 6-1, 190, Northport, Alabama 12 games: 53 TT, 35 Solo, 2.5 TFL, 5 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FR Hunter Wells, Youngstown State, Quarterback, 6-5, 195, Navarre, Ohio 10 games: 121-for-202 (59.9 percent), 1,772 yards, 14 TD, 7 INT, 149.5 passing efficiency; 1 rushing TD Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 205, Maple Grove, Minnesota 12 games: 66 receptions, 1,318 yards, 15 TD, 20.0 ypc; 1 carry, 52 yards Blaine Woodson, Delaware, Defensive Tackle, 6-2, 270, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 12 games: 51 TT, 28 Solo, 11 TFL, 8.5 SK, 1 QBH, 1 BLK Christian Wilkins Jersey . -- Novak Djokovic benefited from an erroneous call and claimed he didnt realize he had broken the rules. 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FIFPro, the international soccer players union, had pressed FIFA to avoid the earliest kickoffs in the hottest and most humid weather.Spains 5-1 humiliation at the hands of the Netherlands on Friday came as a shock to everyone who follows the beautiful game. It also served as a reminder that at the highest level of the game, the margin for error is incredibly small. Up 1-0 in the first half after Xabi Alonso had converted a dubious penalty kick, Spain had a glorious chance to double their lead in the 43rd minute. An exquisite reverse pass from Andres Iniesta (pictured below) sent David Silva in alone on the Dutch goal. Unfortunately, Silvas finish wasnt up to the same standard as Iniestas pass. (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE) Just one minute later, the Netherlands equalized through a spectacular Robin van Persie diving header. With no apparent danger coming from the Netherlands, Spain set up in a very narrow defensive shape. (Spains opponents will do well to take note – exploiting this is a key to success against the reigning World Cup champs.) Yet just two passes later, the ball was in the back of the Spanish goal. The first pass came from Bruno Martins Indi to Daley Blind, who took up a wide position on the left flank. It was a free pass, with no Spanish player in a position to put pressure on Blinds first touch. (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE) Once Blind received the ball, Spains back four was vulnerable to the diagonal ball over the top to van Persie – because Sergio Ramos, the left central defender, fell asleep and got caught ball-watching. (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE) With no pressure on the ball, Blind was able to spot that van Persie managed to get a step in front of his marker, Ramos. (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE) The ball from Blind was exquisite, and it was matched only by the finish from van Persie - a diving, looping header over Iker Casillas in Spains goal. (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE) So what could Spain have done differently? In this situation, when the ball went wide to Blind, Gerard Pique was tight with Arjen Robben, the first striker – as he should be.dddddddddddd His defensive partner, Ramos, needed to be in a deeper covering position, so that he could support Pique while also nullifying the threat of the ball in behind to van Persie. (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE) It is only a matter of Ramos being 3-4 yards deeper, but at the World Cup, that is sometimes all that is needed to create scoring opportunities. Had Spains back-four been properly aligned (highlighted in yellow, above), Blind would never had played the ball forward for van Persie to run onto because Ramos would have been in a position to head the pass away. This goal, scored right before the half-time break, was a real blow to Spains confidence. From nearly doubling their lead a minute earlier, to conceding a wonder goal to the Dutch, the momentum turned in favour of the Netherlands going into the second half. The Spanish collapse after the break – where they conceded four unanswered goals – should have been prevented, though. The second goal was down to a combination of wonderful skill from Robben and slack marking from Pique and Ramos; the third and fourth goals down to mistakes from Casillas, with the fifth goal a classic counter-attacking move from the Dutch. It would be naïve to presume that this result – as shocking as it was – is an indication that Spains style of play is now ineffective. La Roja still possess a squad full of some of the worlds most talented players, and they will continue to employ their tiki-taka possession game to great effect. Players like Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta and Silva are still a joy to watch, and they will go into their next game with Chile knowing they must win, as a loss will effectively end their tournament. What it does prove, though, is that even the best are fallible on an off day. 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