Hosley awarded Freshman All-American honors

The first-year running back was the second-leading rusher in the Ivy League and also ranked second in all-purpose yards.

Malachi Hosley runs with the ball during a game.
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First-year running back Malachi Hosley of the football team has been named an FCS Football Central Freshman All-American by Sports Illustrated.

Hosley, from Columbus, Georgia, was the second-leading rusher in the Ivy League this past season. He carried the ball 121 times for 723 yards and 7 touchdowns. His 80.3 rushing yards per game ranked second in the conference and his 6.0 yards per carry were third-best in the league. He also caught 22 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown. His 969 all-purpose yards and 107.7 total yards per game were second-highest in the conference.

Late last month, Hosley was bestowed First-Team All-Ivy honors and selected Ivy League Rookie of the Year, making him the first Quaker to receive the award in 30 years. Five times during the season, he was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, a program record.

Hosley was selected Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, Ivy League Rookie of the Week, and FedEx Ground FCS National Freshman of the Week by Stats Perform after rushing for 261 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-8 Homecoming win against Cornell on Nov. 4. His rushing total was the third-highest single-game total in school history and the most by a first-year in school history. One of his scores was a 96-yard touchdown run, the longest offensive play in school history and tied for the third-longest rushing touchdown in Ivy history.

Hosley is also a finalist for the 2023 Jerry Rice Award, which salutes the national freshman of the year in Division I FCS college football. First presented in 2011, the Award is named after legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice. Past recipients include Cooper Kupp, Trey Lance, and Shedeur Sanders. The winner will be announced on Dec. 6.