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Walter Payton Award
Walter Payton Award
Awarded for most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision
Presented by The Sports Network
Country United States
First awarded 1987
Currently held by Armanti Edwards
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The Walter Payton Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) of college football as chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors.[1] The honor was first given in 1987 to the outstanding player in the division, but in 1995, eligibility was restricted to offensive players, as the Buck Buchanan Award for defensive players was inaugurated.

The trophy was named in honor of the late National Football League (NFL) legend Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State University.[2] Both the Payton and Buchanan Awards are awarded by The Sports Network the night before the annual NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Among the many schools in the division, only six schools have won it twice: Appalachian State, Colgate, Georgia Southern, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Villanova. In 2009, Armanti Edwards from Appalachian State became the first player to receive the award twice.[3]


Year Player School Position
1987 Kenny Gamble Colgate Running Back
1988 Dave Meggett Towson Running Back
1989 John Friesz Idaho Quarterback
1990 Walter Dean Grambling Running Back
1991 Jamie Martin Weber State Quarterback
1992 Michael Payton Marshall Quarterback
1993 Doug Nussmeier Idaho Quarterback
1994 Steve McNair Alcorn State Quarterback
1995 Dave Dickenson Montana Quarterback
1996 Archie Amerson Northern Arizona Running Back
1997 Brian Finneran Villanova Wide Receiver
1998 Jerry Azumah New Hampshire Running Back
1999 Adrian Peterson Georgia Southern Running Back
2000 Louis Ivory Furman Running Back
2001 Brian Westbrook Villanova Running Back
2002 Tony Romo Eastern Illinois Quarterback
2003 Jamaal Branch Colgate Running Back
2004 Lang Campbell William & Mary Quarterback
2005 Erik Meyer Eastern Washington Quarterback
2006 Ricky Santos New Hampshire Quarterback
2007 Jayson Foster Georgia Southern Quarterback
2008 Armanti Edwards Appalachian State Quarterback
2009 Armanti Edwards Appalachian State Quarterback


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College football awards
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Walter Camp Award (1967) • AP Player of the Year (1998) • Archie Griffin Award (1999)
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College Football Performance Awards (Various positions)
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Lombardi Award (Lineman/linebacker)
Lott Trophy (Defenseman)
Lou Groza Award (Placekicker)
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Student-athlete)
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Outland Trophy (Interior lineman)
Paul Warfield Trophy (wide receiver)
Quarterback of the Year
Ray Guy Award (Punter)
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Ted Hendricks Award (Defensive end)
Tight End of the Year
William V. Campbell Trophy (Student-athlete)
Wuerffel Trophy (Humanitarian-athlete)
COACHING: AFCA Coach of the Year (1935) • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1957) • SN Coach of the Year (1963) • Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1967) •
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1976) • Woody Hayes Trophy (1977) • Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year (1986) •
George Munger Award (1989) • Home Depot Coach of the Year (1994) • AP Coach of the Year (1998) • Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2006) •
Broyles Assistant Coach of the YearAFCA Assistant Coach of the Year
DIVISION I FCS awards: Walter Payton Award (Div. I FCS offensive player) • Buck Buchanan Award (Div. I FCS defenseman)
Eddie Robinson Award (Div. I FCS coach)
CONFERENCE awards: Big 12 awardsBig East awardsBig Ten awards (MVP) • MAC awardsPac-10 awardsSEC awards
OTHER DIVISIONS / ASSOCIATIONS: Harlon Hill Trophy (Div. II) • Gagliardi Trophy (Div. III) • Melberger Award (Div. III) • Rawlings Award (NAIA)
MOST INSPIRATIONAL individual or team: Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award
HALL OF FAME: College Football Hall of Fame


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