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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.[1] The honor was first given 31 years ago in 1987 to the outstanding player in the division, but in 1995, eligibility was restricted to offensive players, as the Buck Buchanan Award for defensive players was inaugurated.

Walter Payton Award
FCS Payton Award.jpg
Walter Payton Award
Given for "Most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision"
Country United States
Presented by STATS LLC
History
First award 1987, 31 years ago
Most recent Jeremiah Briscoe, QB
Sam Houston State
Website www.fcs.football

The bust was named in honor of the late National Football League (NFL) legend Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State University in the early 1970s.[2]

Among the many schools in the division, only nine have claimed more than one award, and only seven have had more than one player win the award. Eastern Washington and Villanova had three players win the award, and five have had two players win: Colgate, Georgia Southern, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Eastern Illinois. Two players have won the award twice, with both being the only players from their institutions to win. In 2009, Armanti Edwards from Appalachian State became the first to receive the award twice,[3] followed in 2017 by Jeremiah Briscoe from Sam Houston State.[4]

The award was named to honor the late Walter Payton.
Armanti Edwards is the first of two two-time winners of the award.

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WinnersEdit

Year Player School Position
2017 Briscoe, JeremiahJeremiah Briscoe (2) Sam Houston State Quarterback
2016 Briscoe, JeremiahJeremiah Briscoe Sam Houston State Quarterback
2015 Kupp, CooperCooper Kupp Eastern Washington Wide receiver
2014 Robertson, JohnJohn Robertson Villanova Quarterback
2013 Garoppolo, JimmyJimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois Quarterback
2012 Heinicke, TaylorTaylor Heinicke Old Dominion Quarterback
2011 Mitchell, Bo LeviBo Levi Mitchell Eastern Washington Quarterback
2010 Moses, JeremyJeremy Moses Stephen F. Austin Quarterback
2009 Edwards, ArmantiArmanti Edwards (2) Appalachian State Quarterback
2008 Edwards, ArmantiArmanti Edwards Appalachian State Quarterback
2007 Foster, JaysonJayson Foster Georgia Southern Quarterback
2006 Santos, RickyRicky Santos New Hampshire Quarterback
2005 Meyer, ErikErik Meyer Eastern Washington Quarterback
2004 Campbell, LangLang Campbell William & Mary Quarterback
2003 Branch, JamaalJamaal Branch Colgate Running back
2002 Romo, TonyTony Romo Eastern Illinois Quarterback
2001 Westbrook, BrianBrian Westbrook Villanova Running back
2000 Ivory, LouisLouis Ivory Furman Running back
1999 Peterson, AdrianAdrian Peterson Georgia Southern Running back
1998 Azumah, JerryJerry Azumah New Hampshire Running back
1997 Finneran, BrianBrian Finneran Villanova Wide receiver
1996 Amerson, ArchieArchie Amerson Northern Arizona Running back
1995 Dickenson, DaveDave Dickenson Montana Quarterback
1994 McNair, SteveSteve McNair Alcorn State Quarterback
1993 Nussmeier, DougDoug Nussmeier Idaho Quarterback
1992 Payton, MichaelMichael Payton Marshall Quarterback
1991 Martin, JamieJamie Martin Weber State Quarterback
1990 Dean, WalterWalter Dean Grambling Running back
1989 Friesz, JohnJohn Friesz Idaho Quarterback
1988 Meggett, DaveDave Meggett Towson State Running back
1987 Gamble, KennyKenny Gamble Colgate Running back

Past finalistsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  2. ^ Roy Taylor (2002). "Walter Payton Biography". Bears History. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Armanti Edwards wins 2009 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  4. ^ Chiusano, Anthony (January 5, 2018). "Sam Houston State QB Jeremiah Briscoe wins FCS Walter Payton Award for second straight year". NCAA.com. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  5. ^ Erik Meyer wins 2005 Walter Payton Award Archived 2011-04-04 at the Wayback Machine. Sports Network
  6. ^ Ricky Santos wins the 2006 Walter Payton Award Archived 2011-04-04 at the Wayback Machine. Sports Network
  7. ^ Sweet: Foster wins Walter Payton Award Savannah Now, December 13, 2007
  8. ^ Donaldson third in Payton Award voting McDonough Voice, December 19, 2008
  9. ^ Edwards a Payton Award finalist Watauga Democrat, November 30, 2009
  10. ^ Presley Invited to Payton Ceremony GoASU.com, December 1, 2010
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  12. ^ http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/haley/index.htm
  13. ^ "Old Dominion's Heinicke captures 2012 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. December 17, 2012. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 

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