FCS finalists announced for 2020-21 Walter Payton Award, other top honors


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Finalists had been introduced and voting started on Monday, April 19 for the 2020-21 Stats Carry out FCS legacy awards, which honor the nationwide gamers and coach of the 12 months in school soccer’s Division I subdivision.
 
The Walter Payton Award (FCS offensive participant of the 12 months) and Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the 12 months) are being introduced for the thirty fourth time, the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive participant of the 12 months) for the twenty sixth time and the Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman participant of the 12 months) for the tenth time. 

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The 4 award recipients plus the Stats Carry out FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Yr shall be introduced subsequent month — the Rice on Might 3, the Eddie Robinson on Might 4, the Doris Robinson on Might 5 and each the Payton and Buchanan on Might 15.
 
A 40-member nationwide media panel will choose the winners from the unprecedented 2020-21 season, which has spanned the autumn and spring semesters.

2020-21 STATS PERFORM FCS AWARDS

WALTER PAYTON AWARD – 16 Finalists

  • Percy Agyei-Overweight, James Madison, RB, Sr. (CAA)
    • Statistics: 69 carries, 381 yards, 5.5 ypc, 5 TDs; 4 receptions (4 video games)
    • Notable: TD in all 4 video games; 132 rush yards, TD vs. Elon
  • Eric Barriere, Jap Washington, QB, Sr. (Large Sky)
    • Statistics: 166 of 268 (61.9 %), 2,193 yards, 18 TDs, 6 INTs; 135 rush yards (6 video games)
    • Notable: 300+ move yards in 5 of 6 video games, a number of TD passes in all 6 video games
  • Julius Chestnut, Sacred Coronary heart, RB, Jr. (Northeast)
    • Statistics: 93 carries, 717 yards, 7.7 ypc, 8 TDs; 8 receptions, 171 yards, 3 TDs (4 video games)
    • Notable: 173+ dashing yards, TD in all 4 video games
  • Tim DeMorat, Fordham, QB, Jr. (Patriot)
    • Statistics: 93 of 129 (72.1 %), 1,049 yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs; 2 rush TDs (3 video games)
    • Notable: 39 of 56, a quarter mile, 2 TDs vs. Holy Cross
  • Juwon Farri, Monmouth, RB, Jr. (Large South)
    • Statistics: 79 carries, 422 yards, 5.3 ypc, 9 TD (3 video games) 
    • Notable: 119+ dashing yards, a number of TDs in all 3 video games
  • Aqeel Glass, Alabama A&M, QB, Sr. (SWAC)
    • Statistics: 67 of 113 (59.3 %), 1,084 yards, 13 TDs, 3 INTs; 1 rush TD (3 video games)
    • Notable: 27 of 40, a quarter mile, 6 TDs, 1 rush TD vs. Jackson State
  • Jakob Herres, VMI, WR, Jr. (Southern)
    • Statistics: 67 receptions, 807 yards, 12.0 ypc, 7 TDs (7 video games) 
    • Notable: 29 receptions, 373 yards, 5 TDs over consecutive video games vs. Samford and Wofford
  • Quay Holmes, ETSU, RB, Jr. (Southern)
    • Statistics: 122 carries, 640 yards, 5.2 ypc, 8 TDs; 182.3 all-purpose ypg (6 video games)
    • Notable: 310 all-purpose yards vs. Western Carolina, 293 vs. VMI
  • Tyler Hudson, Central Arkansas, WR, So. (Southland)
    • Statistics: 50 receptions, 845 yards, 16.9 ypc, 7 TDs; 15 punt returns, 119 yards, 1 TD (9 video games)
    • Notable: 12 receptions, 154 receiving yards vs. Arkansas State was one in every of 4 100-yard video games
  • Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana, QB, Sr. (Southland)
    • Statistics: 210 of 305 (68.9 %), 2,662 yards, 18 TDs, 4 INTs; 7 rush TDs; 2 TD catches (7 video games)
    • Notable: 300+ move yards in all 7 video games; 4+ whole TDs in 5 of seven video games
  • Dejoun Lee, Delaware, RB, Sr. (CAA)
    • Statistics: 77 carries, 498 yards, 6.5 ypc, 5 TDs; 87-yard KOR TD; 152.2 all-purpose ypg (5 video games)
    • Notable: 221 rush yards, 2 TDs, 275 all-purpose yards vs. Rhode Island
  • Keith Pearson, Presbyterian, WR, Sr. (Pioneer)
    • Statistics: 65 receptions, 831 yards, 12.8 ypc, 5 TDs; 6 punt returns, 90 yards (7 video games)
    • Notable: 10+ receptions in 4 of seven video games; 100+ receiving yards in 5 of seven video games
  • Pierre Robust Jr., South Dakota State, RB, Jr. (Missouri Valley)
    • Statistics: 80 carries, 453 yards, 5.7 ypc, 2 TDs; 12 receptions, 88 yards, 1 TD (5 video games)
    • Notable: 90+ rush yards in 4 of 5 video games
  • Otis Weah, North Dakota, RB, So. (Missouri Valley)
    • Statistics: 76 carries, 570 yards, 7.5 ypc, 7 TDs (5 video games)
    • Notable: 129 rush yards, TD vs. North Dakota State; TD rush in all 5 video games
  • Liam Welch, Samford, QB, Grad (Southern)
    • Statistics: 161 of 236 (68.2 %), 2,242 yards, 12 TDs, 5 INTs; 303 rush yards, 4 TDs (6 video games)
    • Notable: 37 of 59, 570 yards, 4 TDs vs. VMI; 39 of 49, 443 yards, 1 TD vs. Mercer
  • DeAngelo Wilson, Austin Peay, WR, Sr. (Ohio Valley)
    • Statistics: 44 receptions, 619 yards, 14.1 ypc, 3 TDs (7 video games)
    • Notable: 99+ receiving yards in all 5 OVC video games

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BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD – 18 Finalists

  • Bryson Armstrong, Kennesaw State, LB, Sr. (Large South)
    • Statistics: 30 tackles (21 solo), 5.5 TFL for 27 yards, 1.5 sacks, 75-yard INT TD return (4 video games)
    • Notable: 8 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks vs. Charleston Southern
  • Jared Brinkman, Northern Iowa, NT, Sr. (Missouri Valley)
    • Statistics: 38 tackles (16 solo), 9 TFL for 36 yards, 3.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, 3 QBH (7 video games)
    • Notable: 7 tackles in 4 of seven video games; 4.5 TFL vs. Missouri State
  • Colby Campbell, Presbyterian, LB, Sr. (Pioneer)
    • Statistics: 96 tackles (47 solo), 7 TFL for 25 yards, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 QBH, 2 PBU (7 video games)
    • Notable: 9+ tackles in 6 of seven video games; 25 tackles, 3 TFL vs. Davidson
  • Isaiah Chambers, McNeese, DE, Grad (Southland)
    • Statistics: 32 tackles (17 solo), 14 TFL for 70 yards, 7.5 sacks, 11 QBH, 2 PBU (7 video games)
    • Notable: 7 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 sacks vs. Northwestern State
  • Chris Edmonds, Samford, DB, So. (Southern)
    • Statistics: 40 tackles (24 solo), 2.5 TFL for 4 yards; 2 FF, 1 FR, 4 INTs with 1 TD, 1 PBU (7 video games)
    • Notable: 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INTs vs. Furman
  • Mike Greene, James Madison, DL, Sr. (CAA)
    • Statistics: 15 tackles (9 solo), 8 TFL for 35 yards, 2.5 sacks, 2 QBH, 2 PBU (5 video games)
    • Notable: TFL in all 5 video games; 3.5 TFL, 1 sack vs. Elon
  • Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, LB, Jr. (Patriot)
    • Statistics: 22 tackles (11 solo), 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU (2 video games)
    • Notable: 16 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Colgate
  • Nicario Harper, Jacksonville State, S, So. (Ohio Valley)
    • Statistics: 79 tackles (39 solo), 1.5 TFL, 3 INTs, 3 PBU, 1 FR for 64-yard return, 1 QBH (11 video games) 
    • Notable: 13 tackles versus Tennessee Tech
  • Kordell Jackson, Austin Peay, Nickel, Sr. (Ohio Valley)
    • Statistics: 54 tackles (31 solo), 9.5 TFL for 28 yards, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 4 QBH, 1 BK (9 video games)
    • Notable: 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FR versus Tennessee Tech 
  • Storey Jackson, Prairie View A&M, LB, Sr. (SWAC)
    • Statistics: 50 tackles (19 solo), 8.5 TFL for 32 yards, 2 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT (3 video games)
    • Notable: 20 tackles vs. Texas Southern, 17 vs. Grambling State
  • La’akea Kaho’ohanohano-Davis, Southern Utah, LB, Jr. (Large Sky)
    • Statistics: 57 tackles (39 solo), 9 TFL for 63 yards, 7 sacks, 2 FF, 3 QBH, 2 PBU; 131 scrimmage yards (6 video games)
    • Notable: 11+ tackles in 3 of 6 video games; 2 TFL in 4 of 6 video games
  • Jahari Kay, Sam Houston, DE, Sr. (Southland)
    • Statistics: 22 tackles (10 solo), 8 TFL for 39 yards, 5.5 sacks, 4 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT, 3 QBH (6 video games)
    • Notable: 10 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, FF vs. Northwestern State
  • Titus Leo, Wagner, LB, Jr. (Northeast)
    • Statistics: 15 tackles (11 solo), 4 TFL for 16 yards, 2 sacks, 2 FF (2 video games) 
    • Notable: 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 FF vs. Duquesne
  • Jordan Lewis, DE, Southern, DE, Jr. (SWAC)
    • Statistics: 27 tackles (17 solo), 15 TFL for 82 yards, 10.5 sacks, 1 FF (5 video games)
    • Notable: 3+ TFL in 3 of 5 video games; 4 sacks vs. Alabama State, 3 vs. Jackson State
  • Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas, CB, Sr. (Southland)
    • Statistics: 27 tackles (19 solo), 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 3 PBU (7 video games)
    • Notable: 2021 Senior Bowl participant
  • Stone Snyder, VMI, LB, So. (Southern)
    • Statistics: 76 tackles (25 solo), 9.5 TFL for 64 yards, 8 sacks, 4 QBH (7 video games)
    • Notable: 21 tackles, 2 sacks vs. The Citadel; 11+ tackles in 4 of seven video games
  • Tre Walker, Idaho, LB, Jr. (Large Sky)
    • Statistics: 54 tackles (27 solo), 4.5 TFL for 42 yards, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 1 QBH, 1 PBU (4 video games)
    • Notable: 13+ tackles in 3 of 4 video games
  • Tristan Wheeler, Richmond, LB, So. (CAA)
    • Statistics: 38 tackles (16 solo), 2.5 TFL for 3 yards (4 video games)
    • Notable: 14 tackles, 2 TFL vs. Elon; 11 tackles vs. James Madison

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JERRY RICE AWARD – 16 Finalists

  • Bronson Barron, Weber State, QB (Large Sky)
    • Statistics: 56 of 101 (55.4 %), 847 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs (4 video games)
    • Notable: 17 of 27, 312 yards, 4 TDs vs. Idaho State
  • Quinton “Pig” Cage, Nicholls, Nickel (Southland)
    • Statistics: 30 tackles (22 solo), 11 TFL for 48 yards, 2.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 3 QBH (7 video games)
    • Notable: 7 TFL in consecutive video games vs. Lincoln and Lamar 
  • Isaac Dowling, Mercer, LB (Southern)
    • Statistics: 90 tackles (41 solo), 8.5 TFL for 59 yards, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 QBH, 3 PBU (10 video games)
    • Notable: back-to-back 16-tackle video games to start profession; 17 tackles, FF vs. Samford
  • Draylen Ellis, Austin Peay, QB (Ohio Valley)
    • Statistics: 104 of 201 (51.7 %), 1,270 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INT; 2 rush TDs (7 video games)
    • Notable: 23 of 43, 262 yards, 6 TDs vs. Southeast Missouri
  • Ty French, Gardner-Webb, DE (Large South)
    • Statistics: 34 tackles (13 solo), 8 TFL for 38 yards, 4 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 9 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 BK (4 video games)
    • Notable: 12 tackles, 4 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 QBH vs. Elon
  • Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State, QB (Missouri Valley)
    • Statistics: 76 of 133 (57.1 %), 1,051 yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs; 383 rush yards, 6 TDs (6 video games) 
    • Notable: 309 move yards, 2 TDs vs. North Dakota; 3 100-yard rush video games
  • Billy Lucas, Duquesne, RB (Northeast)
    • Statistics: 66 carries, 297 yards, 4.5 ypc, 2 TDs (5 video games)
    • Notable: 110 rush yards in consecutive video games vs. Bryant and Sacred Coronary heart
  • Seth Morgan, VMI, QB (Southern)
    • Statistics: 92 of 121 (76.0 %), 1,088 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT; 198 rush yards, 2 TD (6 video games)
    • Notable: Accounted for 1,165 yards of whole offense and 9 TDs in remaining three begins
  • Tony Muskett, Monmouth, QB (Large South)
    • Statistics: 51 of 82 (62.2 %), 742 yards, 8 TDs, 0 INTs (3 video games)
    • Notable: 19 of 23, 290 yards, 4 TDs vs. Kennesaw State
  • Ryan Nettles, Alabama State, QB (SWAC)
    • Statistics: 85 of 144 (59.0 %), 917 yards, 8 TDs, 5 INTs; 110 rush yards, 1 TD (5 video games)
    • Notable: 361 yards of whole offense, 4 whole TDs vs. Mississippi Valley State
  • Tommy Schuster, North Dakota, QB (Missouri Valley)
    • Statistics: 100 of 153 (65.4 %), 992 yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs (5 video games)
    • Notable: 29 of 37, 328 yards, 3 TDs vs. Western Illinois
  • Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, QB (Patriot)
    • Statistics: 10 of 14 (71.4 %), 111 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 212 rush yards, 4 TDs (3 video games)
    • Notable: 12 carries, 145 yards, 2 TDs with 1 TD move vs. Fordham; 3 whole TDs vs. Bucknell
  • Devon Starling, Tennessee State, RB (Ohio Valley)
    • Statistics: 124 carries, 647 yards, 5.2 ypc, 3 TDs (7 video games)
    • Notable: 149 yards vs. Murray State; 134 yards, 1 TD vs. UT Martin
  • Keyon Turner, Valparaiso, CB (Pioneer)
    • Statistics: 25 tackles (7 solo), 2 TFL for 7 yards, 4 INTs with 37 return yards, 2 PBU, 2 FR, 1 QBH (6 video games)
    • Notable: Interception or fumble restoration in all 6 video games
  • Jared Verse, Albany, DE (CAA)
    • Statistics: 22 tackles (15 solo), 10 TFL for 36 yards, 4 sacks, 1 QBH, 1 BK (4 video games)
    • Notable: 4 TFL, 2 sacks vs. Rhode Island; 10 tackles, 3 TFL vs. Stony Brook
  • Cameron Ward, UIW, QB (Southland)
    • Statistics: 183 of 303 (60.4 %), 2,260 yards, 24 TDs, 4 INTs; 2 rush TDs (6 video games)
    • Notable: 300+ move yards in all 6 video games; 6 TD passes vs. Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls

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EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD – 16 Finalists

  • Scott Abell, Davidson (Pioneer)
    • Workforce Document: 4-2, 4-1 (1st)         
    • Notable: Wildcats earned first convention title since 1969 in addition to first FCS playoff bid
  • Kevin Callahan, Monmouth (Large South)
    • Workforce Document: 3-0 (1st)
    • Notable: Hawks earned second straight outright convention title and third playoff bid in 4 years
  • Dave Cecchini, Bucknell (Patriot)
    • Workforce Document: 2-2 (1st North Division)
    • Notable: Bison performed in first Patriot League championship recreation
  • Curt Cignetti, James Madison (CAA)
    • Workforce Document: 5-0, 3-0 (1st South Division)
    • Notable: Second-year coach improved to 11-0 in convention as Dukes earned No. 3 playoff seed
  • Bryan Collins, LIU (Northeast)
    • Workforce Document: 2-2 (Tie/third)
    • Notable: Sharks earned first two wins as an FCS program after a winless debut in 2019
  • Landon Fox, Valparaiso (Pioneer)
    • Workforce Document: 4-2 (Tie/2nd)
    • Notable: After Fox’s one-win debut in 2019, Crusaders posted finest successful share since 2003
  • Jay Hill, Weber State (Large Sky)
    • Workforce Document: 5-0 (1st)
    • Notable: Wildcats received fourth straight convention title and earned fifth straight playoff bid
  • Dean Hood, Murray State (Ohio Valley)
    • Workforce Document: 5-2 (2nd)
    • Notable: In Hood’s first season, Racers tied 1995 crew for the perfect begin (5-0) in program historical past
  • Okay.C. Keeler, Sam Houston (Southland)
    • Workforce Document: 6-0 (1st)
    • Notable: Bearkats captured Southland title by two video games earlier than incomes No. 2 playoff seed
  • Connell Maynor, Alabama A&M (SWAC)
    • Workforce Document: 4-0, 3-0 (1st East Division)
    • Notable: Introduced Bulldogs again from 35-day layoff to information first SWAC championship berth since 2011
  • Rod Milstead, Delaware State (MEAC)
    • Workforce Document: 2-3
    • Notable: Time beyond regulation loss to South Carolina State all that denied successful season for much-improved crew
  • Bobby Petrino, Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
    • Workforce Document: 5-4, 5-1 (Tie/1st)
    • Notable: In Petrino’s first season, Bears picked ninth, then earned share of first MVFC title since 1990
  • Charles “Doc” Roberts, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC) 
    • Workforce Document: 4-0 (1st West Division)
    • Notable: Interim coach has led Golden Lions to SWAC championship recreation for first time since 2012
  • Danny Rocco, Delaware (CAA)
    • Workforce Document: 5-0, 4-0 (1st North Division)
    • Notable: Blue Hens matched 2019 win whole whereas incomes CAA’s computerized playoff bid
  • Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert, North Dakota (Missouri Valley)
    • Workforce Document: 4-1 (Tie/1st)
    • Notable: Combating Hawks earned MVFC title share in first season within the convention in addition to playoff bid
  • Scott Wachenheim, VMI (Southern)
    • Workforce Document: 6-1 (1st)
    • Notable: Keydets captured first SoCon title since 1977 and program’s first-ever FCS playoff bid

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