Posted by Tom Fornelli
We don't pay much attention to FCS schools on the Eye On College Football blog, but given the fact that we've been posting the watch lists from all of FBS' major awards, it only makes sense we post the Walter Payton Award watch list as well. If you aren't sure what the Walter Payton Award is, it's the trophy given to the most outstanding college football player in the FCS. In other words, it's the FCS Heisman Trophy. So it deserves some attention, especially when you consider that previous winners in the award's 25-year history include such names as Steve McNair, Brian Westbrook, Tony Romo and Brian Finneran.
Oh, and it's named after Walter Payton, and as a guy who has spent his entire life living in Chicago, if you put Walter Payton's name on anything, I'm going to give it some love.
So here are the 20 candidates for the 2011 Walter Payton Award:
Last year's winner was Jeremy Moses of Stephen F. Austin. All in all, the 20-player list includes six finalists from last season: Appalachian State's DeAndre Presley, Colgate's Nate Eachus, Montana State's DeNarius McGhee, Jackson State's Casey Therriault, Liberty's Mike Brown and Wofford's Eric Breitenstein.