CHARLESTON, S.C. – Northern Arizona's Case Cookus, the reigning College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Year, has been named to the 2016 watch list. After a record-breaking year last season, Cookus finds himself in the preseason mix to have another stellar year.
Cookus broke the long-standing FCS record for the most touchdown passes by a freshman, garnering him the top rookie honors as well in 2015. The quarterback tallied 37 touchdown passes – the second most in the FCS. He had the lowest amount of interceptions by any quarterback with 3,000 or more passing yards and led the nation in completion percentage for the majority of the season.
Cookus and the Lumberjacks will kick off their season on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Arizona State. NAU was picked to win the Big Sky by both the coaches and media in the preseason polls, while also ranking in the Top 25 of the FCS preseason polls.