August 1, 2019
25 named to Walter Payton Award watch list
A preseason watch list of 25 players was announced for the 2019 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award on Wednesday.
It included at least one player from all 13 FCS conferences.
The Walter Payton Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) of college football as chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors.
It was first awarded in 1987, has watched past winners such as Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp move on to the NFL.
Named to this year's preseason watch list were:
Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina, QB, R-Sr., 6-2, 180
Troy Andersen, Montana State, ATH, Jr., 6-3, 215
Kenji Bahar, Monmouth, QB, R-Sr., 6-3, 190
Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington, QB, R-Jr., 6-0, 200
Michael Bandy, San Diego, WR, Sr., 5-11, 190
Grant Breneman, Colgate, QB, Jr., 6-1, 220
Case Cookus, Northern Arizona, QB, R-Sr., 6-4, 205
Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville State, QB, R-Jr., 6-4, 230
Tom Flacco, Towson, QB, R-Sr., 6-1, 208
Chase Fourcade, Nicholls, QB, Sr., 6-0, 190
A.J. Hines, Duquesne, RB, Sr., 5-11, 225
Cade Johnson, South Dakota State, WR, R-Jr., 5-10, 175
Noah Johnson, Alcorn State, QB, R-Sr., 6-0, 195
Reed Klubnik, Yale, WR, Sr., 6-3, 200
Jake Maier, UC Davis, QB, R-Sr., 6-0, 200
Caylin Newton, Howard, QB, Jr., 6-0, 195
Bryce Nunnelly, Chattanooga, WR, Jr., 6-2, 190
Aaron Parker, Rhode Island, WR, Sr., 6-3, 191
Josh Pearson, Jacksonville State, WR, R-Sr., 6-4, 205
James Robinson, Illinois State, RB, Sr., 5-10, 220
Shane Simpson, Towson, RB/RS, R-Sr., 5-9, 200
Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State, WR, Sr., 6-0 180
Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State, TE, Sr., 6-3, 245
Adam Trautman, Dayton, TE, R-Sr., 6-6, 253
De'Shawn Waller, Alcorn State, RB, Sr., 5-10, 210
More players can join the watch list during the 2019 season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner following the regular season.
Also this season, STATS will present the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year), Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman player of the year), Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year) and Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News
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