Guburd lands on STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year "Watch List"

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University sophomore quarterback Gage Gubrud has been named to the mid-season "Watch List" for the STATS NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year Award, joining Eagle senior wide receiver and last year's recipient of the award, Cooper Kupp.

With Kupp setting FCS, Big Sky and EWU records at every turn, Gubrud is already writing some Eastern history of his own after just five career starts. He has four of the top nine single game total offense performances in school history, and three of the top 12 passing. He is coming off the second-best performance in school history with 525 yards of total offense against UC Davis on Oct. 1, including 486 passing yards which also is No. 2 all-time.

The 2014 graduate of McMinnville (Ore.) High School has passed for 1,916 yards, 18 touchdowns and a .679 completion percentage, and has also rushed for a team-leading 275 yards (4.7 per carry) and four more scores.

Gubrud was one of four players added to the 22 players already on the watch list. Quarterbacks Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State and Devlin Hodges of Samford were added, as well as James Madison running back Khalid Abdullah.

Besides Kupp, the others selected during the summer to the Watch List were quarterbacks Aaron Bailey of Northern Iowa, Case Cookus of Northern Arizona, Austin Gahafer of Morehead State, KD Humphries of Murray State, Eli Jenkins of Jacksonville State, Kyle Lauletta of Richmond, RJ Noel of Sacred Heart and Peter Pujals of Holy Cross; running backs Kendell Anderson of William & Mary, Tarik Cohen of North Carolina A&T, Derrick Craine of Chattanooga, Chase Edmonds of Fordham, Darius Hammond of Charleston Southern, Kade Harrington of Lamar, De'Angelo Henderson of Coastal Carolina, John Santiago of North Dakota, Lenard Tillery of Southern and Darius Victor of Towson; and wide receivers Emmanuel Butler of Northern Arizona, Justin Watson of Penn and Jake Wieneke of South Dakota State.

A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year following the regular season. Also, STATS will honor the outstanding defensive player in the FCS, a freshman player of the year, a coach of the year and the Eddie & Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Gubrud is the FCS leader in total offense at 438.2 per game, passing yards (1,916), passing yards per game (383.2), passing touchdowns (18), points responsible per game (26.8) and total points responsible for (132), and is eighth in passing efficiency (167.6) and 10th in completion percentage (.679).

Because of his performance against the Aggies, Gubrud earned honorable mention for STATS FCS National Player of the Week accolades, as well as honorable mention for FCS National Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Gubrud also earned honors as the College Sports Madness Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) against UC Davis.

The sophomore's first two starts of his career yielded a school-record 551 yards of offense against Washington State on Sept. 3 (474 passing, 77 rushing), and the No. 4 mark with 499 against North Dakota State on Sept. 10 (450 passing, 49 rushing). He then had 487 against Northern Arizona on Sept. 24 to rank eighth (392 passing, 95 rushing).

The other performances in the top nine are the previous record of 518 set by Vernon Adams at Oregon State on 8/31/13, 503 by teammate Jordan West on 9/26/15 at Sacramento State, 493 by Todd Bernett against Montana on 9/17/94, 492 by Adams versus Idaho State on 11/2/13 and 491 by Adams at Washington on 9/6/14. Gubrud's three 400-yard passing performances all rank in the top 12 in EWU history (2-5-12).