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Twenty named Walter Payton Award finalists

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Updated: 11/25/2013 11:28 am

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Twenty finalists were announced on Monday as voting began for the Walter Payton Award which honors the outstanding player in the FCS.

The winner will be announced Dec. 16 at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

A panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Payton Award, which is presented by The Sports Network and in its 27th year. Voting reflects only the regular season.

The Sports Network FCS Awards package is located at http://tinyurl.com/yhv6oh8.

The 2013 Walter Payton Award finalists:

Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, Quarterback, Sophomore

12 games: 261-of-393, 4,059 yards, 46 TD, 12 INT; 105 carries, 491 yards, 4 TD

Zach Bauman, Northern Arizona, Running Back, Senior

11 games: 248 carries, 1,355 yards, 8 TD; 41 receptions, 274 yards, 1 TD

Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana, Quarterback, Junior

12 games: 171-of-275, 2,610 yards, 18 TD, 9 INT; 152 carries, 934 yards, 14 TD

Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State, Running Back, Junior

11 games: 163 carries, 1,089 yards, 15 TD; 7 receptions, 27 yards

Quinn Epperly, Princeton, Quarterback, Junior

10 games: 207-of-305, 2,131 yards, 25 TD, 3 INT; 115 carries, 570 yards, 18 TD

Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State, Running Back, Senior

11 games: 177 carries, 1,095 yards, 11 TD; 4 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD

Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Quarterback, Senior

12 games: 320-of-492, 4,489 yards, 48 TD, 8 INT; 54 carries, 46 yards, 2 TD; 1 reception, 10 yards, 1 TD

Kyle Harbridge, Saint Francis (Pa.), Running Back, Senior

11 games: 270 carries, 1,619 yards, 16 TD; 17 receptions, 162 yards, 2 TD; 11 kickoff returns, 289 yards; 188.2 all-purpose yards per game

Brock Jensen, North Dakota State, Quarterback, Senior

11 games: 165-of-244, 2,076 yards, 26 TD, 6 INT; 74 carries, 268 yards, 5 TD

Lee Kurfis, Lehigh, Wide Receiver, Senior

11 games: 99 receptions, 1,351 yards, 9 TD; 1 carry, 9 yards

Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Wide Receiver, Junior

11 games: 102 receptions, 1,339 yards, 17 TD; 2 carries, 30 yards; 7 punt returns, 151 yards, 1 TD

Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Quarterback, Senior

9 games: 228-of-360, 2,953 yards, 22 TD, 13 INT; 84 carries, minus-22 yards, 3 TD

Mason Mills, San Diego, Quarterback, Senior

11 games: 256-of-388, 3,463 yards, 35 TD, 5 INT

Michael Nebrich, Fordham, Quarterback, Junior

11 games: 284-of-379, 3,576 yards, 28 TD, 6 INT; 128 carries, 443 yards, 8 TD

Walter Powell, Murray State, Wide Receiver, Senior

10 games: 66 receptions, 837 yards, 13 TD; 11 kick returns, 346 yards, 1 TD; 16 punt returns, 185 yards, 1 TD; 140.1 all-purpose yards per game

John Robertson, Villanova, Quarterback, Sophomore

11 games: 169-of-247, 1,957 yards, 13 TD, 7 INT; 217 carries, 1,405 yards, 20 TD

Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina, Running Back, Senior

12 games: 230 carries, 1,487 yards, 23 TD; 19 receptions, 109 yards, 2 TD

Fabian Truss, Samford, Running Back, Senior

11 games: 167 carries, 877 yards, 8 TD; 36 receptions, 295 yards, 1 TD; 20 punt returns, 295 yards; 23 kick returns, 738 yards, 2 TD; 200.5 all-purpose yards per game

Terrance West, Towson, Running Back, Junior

12 games: 301 carries, 1,865 yards, 30 TD; 18 receptions, 185 yards, 1 TD

Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Running Back, Junior

12 games: 300 carries, 1,695 yards, 20 TD; 21 receptions, 251 yards, 2 TD

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Brent Martineau
Brent is the Sports Director at FOX30/CBS47. He's been with Action News since March of 2008.
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