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2020-21 WALTER PAYTON AWARD FINALISTS | The 16 finalists are….

16 FCS players were named as finalists for the Walter Payton Award. Only, one HBCU player made the list.

Today, 16 prospects were announced for the Walter Payton Award. 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.

Let’s look at the top 16!

  1. Percy Agyei-Obese, James Madison, RB, Sr. (CAA)

Statistics: 69 carries, 381 yards, 5.5 ypc, 5 TDs; 4 receptions (4 games)

2. Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington, QB, Sr. (Big Sky)

Statistics: 166 of 268 (61.9 percent), 2,193 yards, 18 TDs, 6 INTs; 135 rush yards (6 games)

3. Julius Chestnut, Sacred Heart, RB, Jr. (Northeast)

Statistics: 93 carries, 717 yards, 7.7 ypc, 8 TDs; 8 receptions, 171 yards, 3 TDs (4 games)

4. Tim DeMorat, Fordham, QB, Jr. (Patriot)

Statistics: 93 of 129 (72.1 percent), 1,049 yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs; 2 rush TDs (3 games)

5. Juwon Farri, Monmouth, RB, Jr. (Big South)

Statistics: 79 carries, 422 yards, 5.3 ypc, 9 TD (3 games)

6. Aqeel Glass, Alabama A&M, QB, Sr. (SWAC)

Statistics: 67 of 113 (59.3 percent), 1,084 yards, 13 TDs, 3 INTs; 1 rush TD (3 games)

7. Jakob Herres, VMI, WR, Jr. (Southern)

Statistics: 67 receptions, 807 yards, 12.0 ypc, 7 TDs (7 games)

8. Quay Holmes, ETSU, RB, Jr. (Southern)

Statistics: 122 carries, 640 yards, 5.2 ypc, 8 TDs; 182.3 all-purpose ypg (6 games)

9. 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 games)

10. Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana, QB, Sr. (Southland)

Statistics: 210 of 305 (68.9 percent), 2,662 yards, 18 TDs, 4 INTs; 7 TD runs; 2 TD catches (7 games)

11. Dejoun Lee, Delaware, RB, Sr. (CAA)

Statistics: 77 carries, 498 yards, 6.5 ypc, 5 TDs; 87-yard KR TD; 152.2 all-purpose ypg (5 games)

12. Keith Pearson, Presbyterian, WR, Sr. (Pioneer)

Statistics: 65 receptions, 831 yards, 12.8 ypc, 5 TDs; 6 punt returns, 90 yards (7 games)

13. Pierre Strong 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 games)

14. Otis Weah, North Dakota, RB, So. (Missouri Valley)

Statistics: 76 carries, 570 yards, 7.5 ypc, 7 TDs (5 games)

15. Liam Welch, Samford, QB, Grad (Southern)

Statistics: 161 of 236 (68.2 percent), 2,242 yards, 12 TDs, 5 INTs; 303 rush yards, 4 TDs (6 games)

16. DeAngelo Wilson, Austin Peay, WR, Sr. (Ohio Valley)

Statistics: 44 receptions, 619 yards, 14.1 ypc, 3 TDs (7 games)

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