Freshman defensive lineman Mouf Adebo has been named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, the Sports Network announced Wednesday. The Jerry Rice Award, in its third year of existence, is given to the top FCS first-year player, whether a true freshman or redshirt freshman.

Adebo is second on the team with three sacks through five games this season. The Mansfield High School product has 15 total tackles, five of them for a loss.

The 6-foot-1, 225 pound defensive end is behind a pair of seniors on the depth chart in Jarrett Brown and Andrew Weaver but he’s made the most of his opportunities and has gained more playing time as the season has gone on.

In the Bearkats last game against No. 2 Eastern Washington, Adebo sacked the Eagles’ versatile quarterback Vernon Adams for a loss of seven yards.

Named for the legendary wide receiver, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, the Rice Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season.

Click here to see the full list of candidates.

Towson running back Terrance West won the inaugural Rice Award in the 2011 season and Villanova quarterback John Robertson received the honor last season.

The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation Dec. 16 in Philadelphia. The Rice Award Watch List can undergo revision during the season.