HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State Bearkat quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe got the first nod toward repeating as the Walter Payton Award winner as he was named to the watch list for the 2017 award on Wednesday by STATS FCS.
Briscoe claimed the 2016 award in January following a record-setting season that saw him throw for 4,602 yards set a new FCS record with 57 touchdown passes, a mark that had stood since 1984.
Additionally, he completed nearly 63 percent of his 503 pass attempts and ranked second nationally in passing yards, passing yards per game (354) and passing efficiency (172.9).
He was also named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, STATS FCS, HERO Sports, the Athletic Directors Association and the American Football Coaches Association while also earning Southland Player of the Year honors.
Sam Houston State also returns all three of his top receiving targets from 2016: Senior Yedidiah Louis (76 receptions, 1,152 yards, 14 TDs), sophomore Nathan Stewart (52 receptions, 1,004 yards, 12 TDs) and junior Davion Davis (56 receptions, 960 yards, 10 TDs).
The senior will be looking to join Appalachian State’s Armanti Edwards as the only two-time winner of the award. Edwards claimed the honor in both 2008 and 2009 for the Moutaineers. In all, 19 times a quarterback has won the award, including 13 of the last 15 winners dating back to Eastern Illinois’ Tony Romo in 2002.
The 31-year old award has had such winners as Steve McNair, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp.