(STATS) – Many talented players adorn the preseason watch list for the 2017 STATS Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Walter Payton Award, announced on Wednesday.
Even more precise, many familiar names.
Eighteen of the 22 players were nominees for the outstanding offensive player of the year in the FCS last season, including 14 finalists.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will be represented once again this season as Grambling State redshirt senior DeVante Kincade was named to the Payton Watch List.
The quarterback is off the heels of a season in which the choice for the SWAC’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year completed 219-of-342 passes for 2,999 yards with 31 touchdowns against just four interceptions.
The Payton Award, first handed out in 1987, has had past winners such as Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp move on to the NFL.
The watch list will have updates during the season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on 25 finalists following the regular season.
The breakdown of the watch list by position: 10 quarterbacks, five wide receivers, four running backs, one fullback, one tight end and one offensive tackle.
Also this season, STATS will present the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year), Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman of the year), Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year) and Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year. STATS will hold its national awards banquet the night of Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the FCS national championship game.
The preseason nominees to the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List:
Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State, QB, R-Sr., 6-3, 220, Houston
Emmanuel Butler, Northern Arizona, WR, Sr., 6-4, 220, Phoenix
Taryn Christion, South Dakota State, QB, So., 6-2, 220, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Case Cookus, Northern Arizona, QB, R-So., 6-4, 200, Thousand Oaks, California
Chase Edmonds, Fordham, RB, Sr., 5-9, 210, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, TE, R-Sr., 6-4, 255, Britton, South Dakota
Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington, QB, R-Jr., 6-3, 195, McMinnville, Oregon
Devlin Hodges, Samford, QB, R-Jr., 6-1, 213, Kimberly, Alabama
Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, Albany, RB, R-Jr., 5-9, 200, Newark, New Jersey
DeVante Kincade, Grambling State, QB, R-Sr., 6-1, 190, Dallas
Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, QB, Sr., 6-3, 208, Exton, Pennsylvania
Anthony Lawrence, San Diego, QB, R-Jr., 6-1, 195, La Mesa, California
Kamron Lewis, Saint Francis, WR, Jr., 6-4, 195, Fresno, California
John Lovett, Princeton, RB, Jr., 6-3, 220, Wantagh, New York
Tyrell Maxwell, Gardner-Webb, QB, Sr., 6-2, 220, Cordova, South Carolina
Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, RB, Sr., 5-10, 210, Raeford, North Carolina
Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, OT, R-Sr., 6-7, 300, Kannapolis, North Carolina
Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, WR, Sr., 6-3, 205, Deerfield, New Hampshire
Joe Protheroe, Cal Poly, FB, Sr., 6-0, 225, Concord, California
Bryan Schor, James Madison, QB, Sr., 6-2, 213, Milford, Pennsylvania
Justin Watson, Penn, WR, Sr., 6-3, 210, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, WR, R-Sr., 6-4, 215, Maple Grove, Minnesota