CHICAGO - Sophomore economics major Jake Maier is the newest name added to the Walter Payton Award watch list, an honor presented to the FCS offensive player of the year, as announced by STATS LLC. on Tuesday. With this announcement, Maier now joins teammate Keelan Doss on this prestigious list of the nation’s top offensive talents.
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.
Entering this Saturday’s 4 p.m. home finale vs. Southern Utah, Maier holds four top-five FCS rankings: No. 2 in the nation in completion percentage (.708), No. 3 in passing yards (3,033) and passing yards per game (337.0) and No. 5 in completions per game (26.67).
Last weekend at Idaho State, Maier threw for 358 yards and became the first quarterback in the program’s Big Sky era — and the first since the 2008 season — to record 3,000 or more yard in a single season.
With two games still remaining on his team’s schedule — the Aggies will end the regular season on Nov. 18 at Sacramento State (2 p.m. start) after hosting the Thunderbirds this weekend — Maier has a realistic chance to break the current single-season program records for the most 300-yard games (7), completions (296) and passing yards (3.826). Maier, a university ambassador for the sixth-ranked public school in the nation, will enter the weekend with totals of seven 300-yard games, 240 completions and 3,033 yards.
Past winners of the Walter Payton Award, which was first handed out in 1987, include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp — players that continued their career in the NFL.
Fans planning to attend Saturday’s home finale are encouraged to arrive to Aggie Stadium by 3:30 p.m. to help UC Davis football recognize its graduating seniors during a pregame ceremony. At halftime the program will honor Aggie legend Ken O’Brien and unveil his name as the inaugural member of the Aggie Pride Wall.
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