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
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