Keelan Doss named finalist for the Walter Payton Award

Nov. 20, 2017

CHICAGO - Junior organizational studies major Keelan Doss became the first Aggie named to the final selection pool for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the FCS Offensive Player of the Year, when STATS LLC. revealed its final list of candidates on Monday.

A panel of national media members, broadcasters, sports information/media relations directors, writers and other dignitaries will now vote for this year’s honoree throughout the week. Voting is based on the accomplishments that took place during the regular season.

Doss finished the 2017 regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation among all Division I FBS and FCS players in receiving yards (1,499), receiving yards per game (136.3) and receptions per game (10.5). Throughout the final five weeks of the season, Doss held the top marks in each of these three categories.

Doss was so dominant this season, the top FBS players in each category trail his numbers by 154 total receiving yards, 16.6 receiving yards and 1.4 receptions per game.

With numbers like these, it is no surprise that Doss set new all-time single-season program records in receiving yards, receptions, and 100-yard receiving games (9), in addition to writing new Big Sky era marks in receptions per game, most passes caught in a single game (15), and most receiving yards in a single game when he finished with 208 vs. Eastern Washington.

The Walter Payton Award is one of four national honors that STATS LLC. will present during its awards banquet, which will take place on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas — the day before the national championship game.

Walter Payton Award Finalists

Keelan Doss, WR, Jr. - UC Davis
Dominick Bragalone, RB, Jr. - Lehigh
Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sr. - Sam Houston State
Chandler Burks, QB, Jr. - Kennesaw State
Taryn Christion, QB, Jr. - South Dakota State
Case Cookus, QB, So. - Northern Arizona
Dallas Goedert, TE, Sr. - South Dakota State
Gage Gubrud, QB, Jr. - Eastern Washington
Hayden Hildebrand, QB, Sr. - Central Arkansas
Devlin Hodges, QB, Jr. - Samford
Chad Kanoff, QB, Sr. - Princeton
DeVante Kincade, QB, Sr. - Grambling State
Kyle Lauletta, QB, Sr. - Richmond 
Anthony Lawrence, QB, Jr. - San Diego
Josh Mack, RB, So. - Maine
Detrez Newsome, RB, Sr. - Western Carolina
Neil O'Connor, WR, Jr. - New Hampshire 
Brandon Parker, OT, Sr. - North Carolina A&T
Troy Pelletier, WR, Sr. - Lehigh
Lamar Raynard, QB, Jr. - North Carolina A&T
Bryan Schor, QB, Sr. - James Madison
Chris Streveler, QB, Sr. - South Dakota, QB
Tommy Stuart, QB, Grad - Duquesne
Roc Thomas, RB, Sr. - Jacksonville State
Justin Watson, WR, Sr. - Penn



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