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Jeremy Moses wins 2010 Walter Payton Award
Stephen F. Austin quarterback honored as the most outstanding player in FCS college football
Thursday night, the senior quarterback separated himself in the 2010 Walter Payton Award balloting, securing more than two times as many first-place votes as any other candidate, while becoming the 24th annual winner of the Football Championship Subdivision's most prestigious award as the national player of the year. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the Payton Award.
Moses gained 37 of the 130 first-place votes and finished with 372 points.
Quarterbacks Matt Barr of Western Illinois and DeAndre Presley of Appalachian State, who also were on hand at the FCS awards presentation, finished second and third, respectively, with 262 and 182 points.
During the regular season, the 6-foot, 195-pound Moses led the FCS in pass attempts (499), completions (303), touchdown passes (34) and passing yards (3,658), yet threw only four interceptions. He helped lead the Lumberjacks to the Southland Conference title and into the playoffs for a second straight season. They lost in the second round and finished with a 9-3 record.
"It's a huge team effort," Moses said. "In this offense, you have to have 11 guys on the same page. When you're not, bad things happen. All my success, I credit to my teammates. And I'll continue to do that 'til I die. I'd be nowhere without the guys I played with."
Moses, who was seventh in last season's Payton Award voting, is the first Southland Conference player to win the award. In 1989, SFA quarterback Todd Hammel was the runner-up.
Over his four-year career, Moses completed an FCS-record 1,184 passes (on 1,893 attempts) for 13,401 yards and 121 touchdowns. He averaged 304.6 passing yards in his 44 games.
"What we do isn't very complicated," Moses said. "Our play-calling into certain coverages has gotten really simple. We know what we're looking for on the defensive side of the ball and we know what plays we want to run against it. That comes with a lot of film study and experience."
Barr, a 6-2, 210-pound senior, was the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year. During the regular season, he completed 216- of-358 pass attempts (60.3 percent) for 3,312 yards and 26 touchdowns with only seven interceptions, while rushing for 452 yards and seven touchdowns.
Presley, a 5-11, 170-pound junior, helped Appalachian State to a share of its sixth straight Southern Conference title and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
During the regular season, the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year completed 177-of-280 pass attempts (63.2 percent) for 2,223 yards and 18 touchdowns against only four interceptions, while rushing for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Payton Award was voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Other finalists on the ballot were quarterbacks Mike Brown of Liberty, Pat Devlin of Delaware, Denarius McGhee of Montana State, Scott Riddle of Elon, Casey Therriault of Jackson State, Steve Valentino of Dayton and Chris Whitney of Villanova; running backs Nate Eachus of Colgate, Chris Evans of Samford, Henry Harris of Southeast Missouri State, Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington, Kyle Minett of South Dakota State, Chase Reynolds of Montana and Frank Warren of Grambling State; wide receiver Tysson Poots of Southern Utah and Raymond Webber of Arkansas-Pine Bluff; and offensive tackle Ben Ijalana of Villanova.
The ballot had two players who gained write-in votes, Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein and Murray State wide receiver Marcus Harris.
In addition to Moses winning the Payton Award at the national awards presentation, Eastern Washington senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt captured the Buck Buchanan Award, which is given to the FCS' outstanding defensive player, and Southeast Missouri State's Tony Samuel won the Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the FCS' coach of the year. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com also sponsors those two awards.