Walter Payton Award finalists announced

Sam Houston State senior quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, South Dakota senior quarterback Chris Streveler and UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss are the three finalists for the 2017 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award.

The award, named for the legendary College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and given to the outstanding offensive player in the subdivision since 1987, will be presented at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.

Briscoe, last year’s winner, leads the FCS in passing yards (4,398), passing yards per game (366.5), touchdown passes (41) and points responsible for (264) as the Bearkats (11-1) have reached the quarterfinals in the FCS Playoffs.

Streveler, the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year, led the Coyotes to their best season in the Division I era – 8-5 record with a win in their postseason debut. He set league records for passing yards (4,134) and total yards of offense (4,854) while accounting for 43 touchdowns – 32 passing and 11 rushing. He ranks first in the FCS in total yards of offense per game (373.4).

Doss, the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year, leads the subdivision in receptions (115), receiving yards (1,499), receptions per game (10.5) and receiving yards per game (136.3). He had seven touchdown catches and a 42-yard TD rush on his only carry of the year. The Aggies posted a 5-6 mark.

Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges finished fourth in voting with 179 points, including five first-place votes. Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta was fifth at 166 (14 first-place votes).

South Dakota State junior quarterback Taryn Christion was sixth with 126 points (six first-place votes) and senior tight end Dallas Goedert ended up 12th at 57 (three first-place votes).

A national panel of 151 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Walter Payton Award following the regular season.

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