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Southeastern Louisiana QB Cole Kelley wins Walter Payton Award | Offensive Player of the Year in the FCS

Cole Kelley Southeastern Louisiana
Cole Kelley the tall gunslinging quarterback from Southeastern Louisiana University is the top offensive player in the FCS. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds.

Southeastern Louisiana QB Cole Kelley is the winner of the Walter Payton Award on Saturday which is awarded to the top offensive player in FCS Football.

Some may remember Kelley because he played at Arkansas before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana.

Kelley had a huge season, and becomes the 34th player to win the Walter Payton Award.

Some of the past winners of the Walter Payton Award include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook and Jimmy Garoppolo. 

Kelley received 16 first-place votes and edged Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere for the award.

Kelley led the FCS with 2,662 passing yards and was fourth nationally with 18 touchdown passes during the 2020 season, which was played this spring due to the covid-19 pandemic. He also rushed for 7 touchdowns and caught 2 touchdowns in 7 games.

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