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After helping his team to the FCS Championship game, a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship and breaking several records, Illinois State junior running back Marshaun Coprich won the College Football Performance Awards's Running Back Award on Tuesday.

Coprich finished the season leading the nation with 2,274 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns on 370 carries in 15 games for the Redbirds. He ranked second in the FCS with 151.6 rushing yards per game.

The Victorville, Calif., native earned first-team All-America honors from The Sports Network and The Associated Press and was named to the 2014 Walter Camp Football FCS All-America team.

The 2014 Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year is the first Redbird in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season and is one of just three backs in ISU history to rush for over 3,000 yards in his career.

The CFPA is in its seventh year of providing player and team performance awards at the national level. Coprich is the second Redbird to earn CFPA honors, following Colton Underwood who earned defensive end honors following the 2012 season. A total of 28 individual CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN

Miller nets CCIW honor: Illinois Wesleyan's Jordan Miller was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) men's swimmer of the week Tuesday.

The freshman had a lifetime best in the 200-yard backstroke at the University of Chicago Invitational with a 2:09.75, two seconds faster than his previous best.

In the 200 IM, Miller shaved off two seconds from his lifetime best with a 2:18.26. Miller split a lifetime best in the 100 freestyle on the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 52.91, more than a second faster than his previous best.

ELSEWHERE

Red Devils whip Principia: Sam James scored 15 straight points in the second half and finished with 17 as Eureka College rolled to a 76-49 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over Prinicipia at Reagan Center.

Ian Saathoff scored 13 points and Greg Kent led the team with eight rebounds

Eureka College women roll: Kelsey Shoemake scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season in Eureka College's 72-52 SLIAC win over Principia at Reagan Center.

Emily Camden added 17 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and Luci Weis totaled 12 points off the bench.

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