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Anthony Warrum runs the ball downfield.

Senior wide out Anthony Warrum was named to the FCS College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Watch List Tuesday morning.

Only four receivers are part of the watch list, two of which play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Warrum and Jake Wieneke of South Dakota State.

“It has been take each year one at a time and continue to become a better receiver,” Warrum said. “My mindset this year is to be better than I was before.”

Warrum had a record-breaking 2015 campaign, hauling in 15 receiving touchdowns. The Fishers, Ind., native was among the FCS leaders in almost every receiving category, grabbing 58 catches for 1,290 yards. Warrum ranked eighth in the nation averaging 99.2 yards per game.

The 6-foot-2 Warrum was a Third-Team All-American selection by the Associated Press in 2015. Warrum’s best game of the season came at South Dakota State, where he had 241 yards and three touchdowns.

This is not the only preseason list that Warrum has appeared on, as he was named a preseason All-American earlier this month.

In a scrimmage Saturday, Warrum caught one of two touchdown passes thrown by Jake Kolbe on the afternoon.

With an offense that lost two All-Americans from 2015, Warrum needs to continue to keep up the massive production he had last season for the Redbirds to have a successful season.

“Monday we have off for the first day of school and then we come back out here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and get some good practices in, and polish up things we didn’t do well in the scrimmage,” Brock Spack said.

The season opens for the Redbirds on Sept. 3 at Hancock Stadium in a non-conference game against Valparaiso.

RYAN KELLY is a Sports reporter for The Vidette. Any questions or comments regarding his article can be directed to rkelly2@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @​rkelly1122

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