Montana wide receiver Jerry Louie-McGee was among the 17 first-year players on the watch list for STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year when the selections were released Tuesday.
Louie-McGee, a redshirt freshman from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, leads the Grizzlies in catches from his slot Z receiver position. He caught 41 balls for 366 yards and two touchdowns, all within the first four weeks of the season.
Included in that barrage was a program-record 21 catches against Cal Poly on Sept. 24. He scored both his touchdowns in that game and amassed 155 receiving yards.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder has not played the past three weeks because of a knee injury. He remains questionable for this week's game at Eastern Washington.
Louie-McGee has nearly 700 all-purpose yards when his work on special teams is accounted for. He has 153 kick return yards and 154 punt return yards, including an 81-yard return for a score against Northern Iowa on Sept, 10.
The Griz player is one of two Big Sky Conference representatives on the freshman watch list, along with Northern Arizona running back Joe Logan. He has 571 rushing yards with four TDs and ran for 114 yards against Montana this past Saturday.
NAU quarterback Case Cookus earned the freshman of the year award last season after throwing for an FCS freshman record 37 touchdowns.
A national panel of more than 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the player of the year following the regular season. True and redshirt freshmen are eligible for the award.