Cookus is the only freshman up for National Offensive Player of the Year honors
(STATS) – Quarterback Case Cookus landed at Northern Arizona very late in the summer, and for that the Lumberjacks are grateful the Thousand Oaks, Calif. native donned the blue and gold this season. Cookus has performed so well in his first season that he is a finalist for the STATS FCS Offensive and Freshman Player of the Year awards.
Cookus, the only freshman up for Offensive Player of the Year honors, set a new NAU record and FCS freshman mark for passing touchdowns in a season (37). He also broke the NAU season records for completion percentage and yards per pass attempt. Cookus finished sixth in school history in passing yards in a season. When it comes to his ranking in the FCS, Cookus is first in passing touchdowns, second in passing efficiency, third in points responsible for, completion percentage and yards per pass attempt. He ranks sixth in passing yards, eighth in passing yards per game, and 10th in total offense. He registered an FCS single-game high of seven passing touchdowns, and also holds the second-best mark of six in a game.
A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the winner, which is based on the regular season.
The top three in votes for each award will be invited to the announcement of the winners at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the FCS championship game.