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Walter Payton Award names their 25 Finalists for Best Offensive Player in FCS football

Devlin Hodges of Samford was named a finalist to the Walter Payton Award for best offensive player in the FCS.

Walter Payton Award is one of the best awards in the country for a small school offensive football player. A part of the 2018 STATS FCS legacy awards, the Walter Payton Award, presented to the national offensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision, has sent past winners such as Cooper Kupp and Jimmy Garoppolo to the NFL.

A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winners. Voting is based on the regular season.

FCS Offensive Player of the Year – 25 Finalists

  1. Tyrie Adams, QB, Jr. – Western Carolina
  2. Michael Bandy, WR, Jr. – San Diego
  3. Chandler Burks, QB, Sr. – Kennesaw State
  4. Taryn Christion, QB, Sr. – South Dakota State
  5. Ra’Quanne Dickens, RB, Sr. – Incarnate Word
  6. Keelan Doss, WR, Sr. – UC Davis
  7. Tom Flacco, QB, Jr. – Towson
  8. Ryan Fulse, RB, Sr. – Wagner
  9. A.J. Hines, RB, Jr. – Duquesne
  10. Devlin Hodges, QB, Sr. – Samford
  11. James Holland Jr., RB, Sr. – Colgate
  12. Alexander Hollins, WR, Sr. – Eastern Illinois
  13. Noah Johnson, QB, Jr. – Alcorn State
  14. Anthony Lawrence, QB, Sr. – San Diego
  15. John Lovett, QB, Sr. – Princeton
  16. Jake Maier, QB, Jr. – UC Davis
  17. Kelvin McKnight, WR, Sr. – Samford
  18. Caylin Newton, QB, So. – Howard
  19. Donald Parham, TE, Sr. – Stetson
  20. Josh Pearson, WR, Jr. – Jacksonville State
  21. Joe Protheroe, FB, Sr. – Cal Poly
  22. James Robinson, RB, Jr. – Illinois State
  23. Easton Stick, QB, Sr. – North Dakota State
  24. Marquis Terry, RB, Sr. – Southeast Missouri
  25. Reggie White Jr., WR, Sr. – Monmouth

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