COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S FCS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The STATS FCS Walter Payton Award recognizes the Offensive Player of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision.
A national panel of 153 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Walter Payton Award following the regular season. Voters selected a Top 5 on their ballot.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
DEVLIN HODGES, QUARTERBACK, SAMFORD BULLDOGS
Hodges set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season, breaking the old record of 4,088, set by Hodges in 2016. He led the nation in passing yards per game (389.4), total passing yards (4,283) and total offense per game (417.8).
For his career, Hodges became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve “Air” McNair of Alcorn State from 1991-94. McNair earned the 1994 Walter Payton Award.
In addition to the FCS record for career passing yards, Hodges also set FCS records for career completions and attempts. Hodges has rewritten the Samford record book, as he will leave school owning 23 different school records.
The 2018 Walter Payton Award finalists included:
- Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford: 51-18-19-12-7-415
- Chandler Burks, QB, Kennesaw State: 24-28-23-12-17-342
- Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State: 29-16-20-17-12-315