For the third straight season, Sam Houston State running back Timothy Flanders is up for the most prestigious award in FCS football. The senior was once again listed among the 20 candidates for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the division.
This season, Flanders became the first Southland Conference running back to gain more than 5,000 rushing yards and score more than 400 points. His current career total of 5,406 is the 10th highest total in NCAA FCS history.
“I think Timothy is the best running back in the FCS,” said head coach Willie Fritz. “It is hard to really measure what he has meant to this school and this program.”
Despite battling through foot and ankle issues the last half of the season, Flanders has still posted strong offensive numbers, running for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In 2011, Flanders helped leaded the Kats to an 11-0 regular season record and the school’s first No. 1 national ranking. That season he ran for 1,644 yards and 22 touchdowns. He finished seventh in the Payton Award voting that season.
Last year, Flanders was spectacular again, nearly matching his 2011 rushing total, finishing the year with 1,642 yards and 17 touchdowns. Despite the strong season, he slipped in the final voting to 13th in the Payton balloting.
Flanders holds 31 Sam Houston school records and nine Southland Conference marks. He ranks No. 10 in FCS all-time rushing (5,406 yards) and points (404) and No. 8 in FCS career rushing TDs (63).
Flanders has posted 29 100-yard rushing performances. With 1,172 yards rushing this season, he stands as the first Sam Houston running back to post three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. His performance have powered SHSU to 39-13 overall record.
Flanders earned national honors as FCS offensive player of the week after rolling up 280 yards and two TDs in Sept. 28 victory over then No. 2 Eastern Washington.
FCS CAREER RUSHING
Player Years Yards
1 Adrian Peterson, Ga. So 1998-01 6,559
2 Charles Roberts, Sac St. 1997-00 6,553
3 Jerry Azumah, NH 1995-98 6,193
4 Scott Phaydavong, Drake 2004-07 5,830
5 Eric Breitenstein, Wofford 2008-12 5,730
6 Jordan Scott, Colgate 2005-08 5,621
7 Matt Cannon, So Utah 1997-00 5,489
8 Reggie Greene, Siena 1994-97 5,415
9 Jermaine Austin, Ga So 2002-05 5,411
10 Timothy Flanders, SHSU 2010-13 5,406