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Walter Payton Award voting underway

Voting for the Walter Payton Award began on Monday with 25 finalists from across the FCS.

The Payton Award, in its 28th season, honors the outstanding player in the FCS. All 13 conferences were represented by at least one finalist.

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Voting reflects only the regular season. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Payton Award. The winner will be announced Dec. 15 at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

Past winners of the Payton include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Brian Finneran, John Friesz, Jamie Martin, Armanti Edwards and the 2013 recipient, Jimmy Garoppolo, now with the New England Patriots.

The Sports Network FCS Awards package is located at http://tinyurl.com/n5ysh8x.

The 2014 Walter Payton Award finalists:

Vernon Adams, QB, Eastern Washington, Jr., 6-0, 200

8 games: 202-for-301 (67.1 percent), 2,876 yards, 30 TD, 5 INT, 176.9 passing efficiency; 82 carries, 256 yards, 4 TD

Justin Arias, QB, Idaho State, Sr., 6-1, 210

12 games: 318-for-522 (60.9 percent), 4,076 yards, 38 TD, 10 INT, 146.7 passing efficiency; 43 carries, 29 yards

Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr., 6-3, 215

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12 games: 126-for-241 (52.3 percent), 2,176 yards, 18 TD, 8 INT, 146.1 passing efficiency; 121 carries, 655 yards, 13 TD

DeAndre Carter, WR, Sacramento State, Sr., 5-9, 185

12 games: 99 receptions, 1,321 yards, 17 TD; 4 carries, 4 yards; 4 punt returns, 17.3-yard average, 1 TD

Marshaun Coprich, RB, Illinois State, Jr., 5-9, 185

11 games: 270 carries, 1,683 yards, 21 TD; 11 receptions, 33 yards

Malcolm Cyrus, RB, Alabama State, Sr., 5-10, 180

12 games: 260 carries, 1,662 yards, 12 TD; 28 receptions, 380 yards, 1 TD

Khairi Dickson, RB, Saint Francis, Jr., 6-0, 182

11 games: 309 carries, 1,708 yards, 12 TD; 19 receptions, 133 yards

Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham, Fr., 5-10, 190

12 games: 252 carries, 1,539 yards, 21 TD, 128.2; 15 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD; 17 kick returns, 20.6-yard KO return average

R.J. Harris, WR, New Hampshire, Sr., 6-0, 203

11 games: 79 receptions, 1,220 yards, 13 TD; 8 carries, 61 yards, 2 TD

Rob Hollomon, RB, Central Connecticut State, Sr., 5-8, 170

11 games: 228 carries, 1,116 yards, 7 TD; 35 receptions, 317 yards, 1 TD; 20 kick returns, 18.6-yard average; 6 punt returns, 3.7-yard average

Jacob Huesman, QB, Chattanooga, Jr., 6-1, 215

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12 games: 183-for-269 (68 percent), 2,155 yards, 21 TD, 7 INT, 155.9 passing efficiency; 152 carries, 763 yards, 10 TD

DaMarcus James, RB, Jacksonville State, Sr., 5-10, 220

10 games: 187 carries, 1,023 yards, 13 TD; 1 reception, 28 yards

David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa, Sr., 6-3, 225

12 games: 246 carries, 1,353 yards, 13 TD; 31 receptions, 422 yards, 1 TD; 8 kick returns, 41.5-yard average, 1 TD

Gus Johnson, RB, Stephen F. Austin, Sr., 5-10, 224

12 games: 236 yards, 1,601 yards, 22 TD; 13 receptions, 128 yards

Connor Kacsor, RB, Dayton, Jr., 6-0, 200

11 games, 255 carries, 1,547 yards, 17 TD; 21 receptions, 122 yards

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington, So., 6-2, 195

11 games: 82 receptions, 1,160 yards, 14 TD; 1 carry, 10 yards; 10 punt returns, 16.2-yard average, 1 TD

Vad Lee, QB, James Madison, Jr., 6-1, 225

12 games: 264-for-430 (61.4 percent), 3,323 yards, 29 TD, 6 INT, 145.77 passing efficiency; 169 carries, 769 yards, 8 TD

Dy'Shawn Mobley, RB, Eastern Kentucky, Jr., 5-11, 217

12 games: 236 carries, 1,395 yards, 19 TD; 30 receptions, 271 yards, 1 TD

MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois, Sr., 6-3, 250

12 games: 81 receptions, 861 yards, 13 TD; 6 kick returns, 14-yard average

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Dakota Prukop, QB, Montana State, So., 6-2, 195

10 games: 152-for-227 (67 percent), 2,279 yards, 17 TD, 6 INT, 170.72 passing efficiency; 159 carries, 932 yards, 13 TD

John Robertson, QB, Villanova, Jr., 6-1, 215

12 games: 189-for-282 (67 percent), 2,629 yards, 34 TD, 3 INT, 182.99 passing efficiency; 209 carries, 978 yards, 9 TD

Alex Ross, QB, Coastal Carolina, Jr., 6-1, 205

12 games: 238-for-357 (66.7 percent), 3,021 yards, 19 TD, 6 INT, 151.95 passing efficiency; 131 carries, 619 yards, 6 TD

Tyler Varga, RB, Yale, Jr., 5-11, 220

10 games: 233 yards, 1,423 yards, 22 TD; 12 receptions, 107 yards, 4 TD; 1 kick return, 15-yard average

Herb Walker Jr., RB, Morgan State, So., 5-8, 180

11 games: 212 carries, 1,288 yards, 13 TD; 16 receptions, 207 yards, 2 TD

Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State, Sr., 6-0, 220

12 games: 282 carries, 1,634 yards, 16 TD; 25 receptions, 256 yards, 3 TD

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