College Football

FCS Awards voting gets underway

By CRAIG HALEY

STATS FCS Senior Editor

(STATS) - Voting for the 2018 STATS FCS legacy awards, which honor the national players and coach of the year, began on Monday.

A watch list of nominees was pared to finalists with the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award (FCS offensive player of the year), STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year), STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman player of the year) and STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year).

A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winners. Voting is based on the regular season.

All four awards plus the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be celebrated at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.

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2018 STATS FCS AWARDS FINALISTS

WALTER PAYTON AWARD

FCS Offensive Player of the Year - 25 Finalists

Tyrie Adams, QB, Jr. - Western Carolina

Michael Bandy, WR, Jr. - San Diego

Chandler Burks, QB, Sr. - Kennesaw State

Taryn Christion, QB, Sr. - South Dakota State

Ra'Quanne Dickens, RB, Sr. - Incarnate Word

Keelan Doss, WR, Sr. - UC Davis

Tom Flacco, QB, Jr. - Towson

Ryan Fulse, RB, Sr. - Wagner

A.J. Hines, RB, Jr. - Duquesne

Devlin Hodges, QB, Sr. - Samford

James Holland Jr., RB, Sr. - Colgate

Alexander Hollins, WR, Sr. - Eastern Illinois

Noah Johnson, QB, Jr. - Alcorn State

Anthony Lawrence, QB, Sr. - San Diego

John Lovett, QB, Sr. - Princeton

Jake Maier, QB, Jr. - UC Davis

Kelvin McKnight, WR, Sr. - Samford

Caylin Newton, QB, So. - Howard

Donald Parham, TE, Sr. - Stetson

Josh Pearson, WR, Jr. - Jacksonville State

Joe Protheroe, FB, Sr. - Cal Poly

James Robinson, RB, Jr. - Illinois State

Easton Stick, QB, Sr. - North Dakota State

Marquis Terry, RB, Sr. - Southeast Missouri

Reggie White Jr., WR, Sr. - Monmouth

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BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD

FCS Defensive Player of the Year - 25 Finalists

Nasir Adderley, S, Sr. - Delaware

B.J. Blunt, LB, Sr. - McNeese

De'Arius Christmas, LB, Sr. - Grambling State

Thomas Costigan, LB, Sr. - Bryant

Jabril Cox, LB, So. - North Dakota State

Cam Gill, LB, Jr. - Wagner

Ahmad Gooden, DE, Sr. - Samford

Anthony Gore Jr., LB, Sr. - Kennesaw State

Darin Greenfield, DE, Jr. - South Dakota

Robbie Grimsley, S, Sr. - North Dakota State

Zach Hall, LB, Jr. - Southeast Missouri

Darryl Johnson Jr., DE, Jr. - North Carolina A&T

Isaiah Mack, DT, Sr. - Chattanooga, DT

Nick Miller, LB, Sr. - Penn

Mason Moe, LB, Sr. - UC Davis

Jimmy Moreland, CB, Sr. - James Madison

Dante Olson, LB, Jr. - Montana

Nasir Player, DL, Jr. - ETSU

Troy Reeder, LB, Sr. - Delaware

Derick Roberson, LB, Sr. - Sam Houston State

Khalen Saunders, DT, Sr. - Western Illinois

Sterling Sheffield, LB, Sr. - Maine

Isiah Swann, CB, Jr. - Dartmouth

Will Warner, S, Jr. - Drake

Nick Wheeler, LB, Jr. - Colgate

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JERRY RICE AWARD

FCS Freshman Player of the Year - 20 Finalists

Christian Benford, CB - Villanova

Ty Brock, QB - Sam Houston State

Julius Chestnut, RB - Sacred Heart

Jack Cook, QB - Dayton

Jon Copeland, QB - UIW

Josh Davis, RB - Weber State

Mohammed Diakite, CB, Penn

Andrew Edgar, WR - Illinois State

Juwon Farri, RB - Monmouth

Bailey Fisher, QB - Tennessee Tech

Ulonzo Gilliam, RB - UC Davis

Malik Hamm, DE - Lafayette

Robby Hauck, S - Montana

Quay Holmes, RB - ETSU

Adrian Hope, LB - Furman

Noah Larson, LB - North Dakota

Skyler Perry, QB - Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Xavier Smith, WR - Florida A&M

Caleb Snead, WR - Campbell

Jareem Westcott, RB - Stetson

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EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD

FCS Coach of the Year - 15 Finalists

Brian Bohannon - Kennesaw State

Joe Harasymiak - Maine

Dan Hawkins - UC Davis

Roger Hughes - Stetson

Dan Hunt - Colgate

Chris Klieman - North Dakota State

Dale Lindsey - San Diego

Curt Mallory, Indiana State

Tom Matukewicz - Southeast Missouri

Fred McNair - Alcorn State

Eric Morris - UIW

Randy Sanders - ETSU

Jerry Schmitt - Duquesne

Bob Surace - Princeton

Sam Washington - North Carolina A&T

Updated November 19, 2018

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