Tuten remains on Walter Payton’s watch list

football | 11/25/2022 10:29:00 am

EAST GREENSBORO – Stats Perform has announced 30 FCS finalists for the 2022 Walter Payton Award, presented annually to college football’s Division I national attacking player of the year.

North Carolina A&T running back Bhayshul Tuten remains on the list as the NCAA Division I-FCS playoffs begin Saturday.

Tuten and the Aggies did not make the playoffs, but they played for the Big South Conference championship in part because of Tuten’s dual threat skills. As a result, he amassed 1,705 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns on 239 touches.

He rushed for 1,363 yards and 13 touchdowns on 208 carries as a runner. It is the fifth-best rushing performance in a season in school history. Tuten broke school and conference records for consecutive 100-yard games in a season. In addition, he set the conference record for consecutive 100-yard games regardless of season and broke the school record for single-season 100-yard games.

As a receiver, Tuten caught 31 passes for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Additionally, Tuten had a career-high 256 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a come-from-behind win over Campbell on October 29. He was twice named Big South Offensive Player of the Week. Tuten leads the conference in all-purpose yards per game (155.0), yards per carry (6.55), rushing touchdowns (13), rushing yards, rushing yards per game (123.9), scoring (9.3) and total touchdowns.

He ranks in the top 10 nationally for touchdowns, scoring, rushing yards per game, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and all-purpose yards.

“This young man is amazing, he’s absolutely fantastic,” said the A&T head coach Sam Washington after the Gardner-Webb game on November 19th. “Even in training, he performs like a champion.”

The Payton Award, first presented in 1987 and in its 36th season, is named for legendary running back Walter Payton, who performed at Jackson State as part of his Hall of Fame career. Affectionately known as the FCS Heisman, past recipients include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp and Trey Lance.


A national media panel will select the Payton Award winner, with voting based on the regular season. The recipient will be announced at the FCS National Awards banquet on January 7 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.


Also this season, Stats Perform will honor the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS Defensive Player of the Year), Jerry Rice Award (FCS Rookie Player of the Year), Eddie Robinson Award (FCS Coach of the Year), and the FedEx Ground Doris Robinson Scholar Sportsman of the year.


The finalists of the Walter Payton Award 2022:


quarterbacks
Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Gr., 6-4, 220 (Patriot)
301 of 458 (65.7%), 4,573 yards, 53 TDs, 8 INTs, 184.3 passing efficiency; 5 Rush TDs (11 games)
Cole Doyle, Saint Francis, R-Sun., 5-10, 170 (Northeast)
134 of 196 (68.4%), 1,849 yards, 21 TDs, 3 INTs, 179.1 passing efficiency; 310 rush yards, TD (10 games)
Bailey Fisher, Gardner-Webb, R-Sr., 5-11, 207 (Great South)
220 of 339 (64.9%), 2,755 yards, 18 TDs, 10 INTs; 146 rush yards, 8 TDs (11 games)
Michael Hiers, Samford, Jr., 6-1, 211 (south)
329 of 428 (76.9%), 3,290 yards, 35 TDs, 3 INTs, 167.0 passing efficiency; 161 rush yards, 3 TDs (11 games)
Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky, R-Jr., 6-3, 208 (ASUN)
278 of 402 (69.2%), 3,502 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs, 161.8 passing efficiency; 372 rush yards, 8 TDs (11 games)
Tommy Mellot, Montana State, Sun, 6-0, 205 (Big Sky)
90 of 155 (58.1%), 1,206 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs, 137.4 pass efficiency, 104 carries, 705 yards, 7 TDs (8 games)
Davius ​​Richard, North Carolina Central, Jr., 6-3, 215 (MEAC)
184 of 291 (63.2%), 2,486 yards, 24 TDs, 10 INTs, 155.3 passing efficiency; 691 rush yards, 13 TDs (11 games)
Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State, Sun., 6-2, 215 (SWAC)
284 of 405 (70.1%), 3,083 yards, 32 TDs, 6 INTs, 157.2 passing efficiency; 159 rush yards, 5 TDs (11 games)
Lindsey Scott Jr., UIW, Sr., 5-11, 212 (Southland)
240 of 328 (73.2%), 3,791 yards, 50 TDs, 4 INTs, 218.1 passing efficiency; 342 rush yards, 7 TDs (11 games)
Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., 6-3, 215 (Patriot)
135 of 224 (60.3%), 2,301 yards, 25 TDs, 3 INTs, 180.7 passing efficiency; 918 rush yards, 8 TDs (11 games)
Reece Udinski, Richmond, Gr., 6-4, 220 (CAA)
329 of 445 (73.9%), 3,152 yards, 24 TDs, 4 INTs, 149.4 passing efficiency; 4 Rush TDs (11 games)


Running backs
Aidan Borguet, Harvard, Sr., 5-10, 211 (ivy)
206 carries, 1,182 yards (5.7 ypc), 10 TDs; 5 receptions, 58 yards, TD (10 games)
Jake Chisholm, Dayton, Sr., 5-9, 191 (pioneer)
233 carries, 1,050 yards, 13 TDs; 22 receptions, 253 yards, 4 TDs (11 games)
Ailym Ford, Chattanooga, Jr., 5-9, 213 (South)
232 carries, 1,199 yards (5.2 ypc), 12 TDs; 10 receptions, 184 yards, 2 TDs (10 games)
Ulonzo Gilliam Jr., UC Davis, Sr., 5-9, 189 (Big Sky)
196 carries, 1,182 yards (6.0 ypc), 13 TDs; 50 receptions, 366 yards (11 TDs)
Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri, Sr., 5-8, 222 (Ohio Valley)
206 carries, 1,569 yards (7.6 ypc), 19 TDs; 9 receptions, 114 yards, 2 TDs (11 games)
Hunter Luepke, North Dakota, Sr., 6-1, 236 (MVFC)
98 carries, 621 yards (6.3 ypc), 9 TDs; 14 receptions, 196 yards, 4 TDs (10 games)
Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State, Sr., 5-9, 183 (MVFC)
227 carries, 1,588 yards (7.0 ypc), 13 TDs; 19 receptions, 300 yards, 2 TDs (11 games)
Deonta McMahon, McNeese, Sr., 5-9, 185 (Southland)
191 carries, 1,408 yards (7.4 ypc), 12 TDs; 22 receptions, 210 yards, 2 TDs (11 games)
ShunDerrick Powell, North Alabama, Sun., 5-7, 168 (ASUN)
221 carries, 1,508 yards (6.8 ypc), 18 TDs; 24 receivers, 242 yards (11 TDs)
Jaden Shirden, Monmouth, Sun., 5-9, 185 (CAA)
206 carries, 1,722 yards (8.4 ypc), 13 TDs (11 games)
Cameron Skattebo, Sacramento, Sun., 5-10, 212 (Big Sky)
169 carries, 1,251 yards (7.4 ypc), 5 TDs; 24 receptions, 281 yards, 3 TDs (11 games)
Bhayshul Tuten, North Carolina A&T, Sun., 5-11, 195 (Big South)
208 carries, 1,363 yards (6.6 ypc), 1,363 yards, 13 TDs; 31 receptions, 342 yards, 4 TDs (11 games)


wide receiver
Xavier Gipson, Stephen F Austin, Sr., 5-9, 180 (WAC)
65 receptions, 1,163 yards (17.9 ypc), 7 TDs; 11 punt returns, 276 yards, 2 TDs (11 games)
Devron Harper Jr., Jr., 5-9, 168, Mercer (South)
78 receptions, 987 yards, 10 TDs; 25 carries, 199 yards, 4 TDs; 692 return yards, 2 TDs (11 games)
Joey Hobert, Utah Tech, Sun., 5-11, 180 (WAC)
90 receptions, 1,258 yards (14.0 ypc), 16 TDs; 167 kick return yards (11 games)
Andrei Iosivas, Princeton, Sr., 6-3, 200 (ivy)
66 receptions, 943 yards (14.3 YPC), 7 TDs (10 games)
Fotis Kokosioulis, Fordham, Sr., 5-9, 180 (Patriot)
89 receptions, 1,180 yards (13.3 ypc), 14 TDs; 513 kick return yards (11 games)
Xavier Smith, Florida A&M, Size, 5-10, 170 (SWAC)
87 receptions, 1,021 yards (11.7 ypc), 11 TDs; 144 kick return yards (11 games)


Offensive lineman
Cody Mauch, North Dakota, Sr., 6-6, 303 (MVFC)
35 consecutive starts at LT; 622 snaps: 94% overall grade, no sacks allowed, one penalty (11 games)

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