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Towson RB West finishes 3rd in Payton Award voting

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Heads up, Tony Romo, there is another Eastern Illinois quarterback coming to the NFL.

And Jimmy Garoppolo is bringing his Walter Payton Award with him.

Monday night, Garoppolo became the second Payton Award winner from the Ohio Valley Conference school, following in Romo’s footsteps, by outdistancing Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams and Towson running back Terrance West in the voting for FCS outstanding player honors.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound senior, perhaps the leading offensive candidate from the FCS for the 2014 NFL Draft, gained just over half of the first-place votes – 74 of 147 – and 576 points from a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Adams was second with 446 points and West third with 370.

Garoppolo was spectacular during the regular season when Eastern Illinois went 11-1, won a second straight outright OVC championship and was ranked No. 2 in the nation, losing only to FBS member Northern Illinois by four points.

He ranked first in the FCS in passing yards (4,489), passing yards per game (374.1) and touchdown passes (48), second in total offense (377.9 yards per game) and points responsible for (25.8 per game), third in passing efficiency (170.6), and fourth in completions per game (26.7).

An easy choice for OVC offensive player of the year, Garoppolo threw for seven touchdowns against Illinois State and six against both Northern Illinois and UT Martin. He even caught a touchdown against Jacksonville State

The native of Arlington Heights, Ill. continued to build on his many Eastern Illinois and OVC records throughout the FCS playoffs this month. He finished the Panthers’ 12-2 season completing 375-of-568 pass attempts (66 percent) for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns with only nine interceptions.

“Jimmy has had the best season from a college quarterback that I have ever seen, with the exception of maybe Robert Griffin when he won the Heisman at Baylor,” said EIU coach Dino Babers, in his second season since arriving from Baylor. “He is the engine that makes us go.

“I’m happy for Jimmy, his family and his teammates for all the success he has had on the field this season and these types of awards are rightly deserved.”

Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ star signal caller, won the Payton Award in 2002.

Adams, a 6-foot, 190-pound redshirt sophomore from Pasadena, Calif., finished EWU’s 10-2 regular season with 4,059 passing yards and a conference-record 46 touchdown passes. With another 491 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year led the FCS in total offensive yards per game (379.2) as well as passing efficiency rating (185.7).

Adams has taken Eastern Washington to two FCS playoff wins and into the national semifinals. Overall, he is 291-for-444 for 4,600 yards and 53 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He’s raised his rushing yards to 540.

West, a 5-11, 223-pound junior from Baltimore, led the FCS in rushing yards (1,875) and scoring (31 touchdowns) during Towson’s 10-2 regular season. The CAA Football offensive player of the year averaged 6.2 yards on a workhorse 301 carries.

Towson has won two playoff games and West will next square off with Adams in the national semifinals. After rushing for a playoff-record 354 yards against Eastern Illinois in the quarterfinals, West’s amazing season totals are 364 carries for 2,295 yards as well as 39 total touchdowns, which ties the FCS single-season record.

The three Payton Award finalists were feted at The Sports Network’s FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation along with the winners of the Buck Buchanan Award (Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, FCS outstanding defensive player), Jerry Rice Award (Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, FCS freshman of the year) and Eddie Robinson Award (North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl, FCS coach of the year).

Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, who enjoyed his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears, presented the 27th Payton Award at the national banquet.

There were 147 ballots cast in the 2013 Walter Payton Award voting. The results:

2013 Walter Payton Award Voting
Name School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1. Jimmy Garoppolo E Illinois 74 37 13 8 3 576
2. Vernon Adams E Washington 30 47 26 13 4 446
3. Terrance West Towson 22 22 35 27 13 370
4. Brock Jensen North Dakota St. 8 9 12 13 11 149
5. Michael Nebrich Fordham 3 5 11 9 20 106
6. Zach Zenner South Dakota St. 2 2 10 12 14 86
7. Erik Lora Eastern Illinois 0 3 9 14 18 85
8. Bryan Bennett SE Louisiana 5 1 6 13 8 81
9. John Robertson Villanova 0 2 6 9 6 50
10. Quinn Epperly Princeton 0 6 3 3 9 48
11. Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Car. 0 3 6 4 8 46
12. Zach Bauman Northern Arizona 1 2 1 4 5 29
13. Kyle Harbridge Saint Francis 1 3 1 2 4 28
14. Fabian Truss Samford 1 2 1 2 6 26
15. Mason Mills San Diego 0 0 1 7 5 22
16. Timothy Flanders Sam Houston St. 0 0 3 3 4 19
17. Walter Powell Murray St. 0 3 0 1 3 17
18. Lee Kurfis Lehigh 0 0 0 3 4 10
19. Jeff Mathews Cornell 0 0 2 0 0 6
20. Isaiah Crowell Alabama St. 0 0 1 0 2 5

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Towson RB West named Walter Payton Award finalist

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff


Winner To Be Announced on December 16

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West of Towson University has been named as one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, it has been announced by The Sports Network.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS in 2011, West is joined by sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington and senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois as finalists for the award which is presented to the top player in FCS football.

The winner will be announced at The Sports Network’s FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Dec. 16 in Philadelphia. The winners of the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS outstanding defensive player), Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman of the year) and Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year) also will be honored that night.

The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, West is the leading rusher in FCS, averaging 155.4 yards per game. He has run for 1,865 yards on 301 carries, a 6.2 average, and he has scored 30 rushing touchdowns.

He also leads college football (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns and he has scored at least one touchdown in all 12 games.

“Terrance is the ultimate competitor,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “His desire to win is unparalleled. His hunger for our team’s success makes him the consistent and productive player that he is.”

While leading the Tigers to a 10-2 record and their second NCAA FCS playoff berth in the last three years, West has rushed for 100-or-more yards in 10 of Towson’s 12 games. Named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week four times, he also topped the 200-yard rushing mark three times this season.

The Tigers’ career rushing leader with 4,205 yards, West has scored 75 career touchdowns in 33 games.

A three-time All-CAA first team selection, West ranks third on the NCAA FCS all-time list with those 75 career touchdowns. Former All-Pro Brian Westbrook (1997-2001) of Villanova holds the FCS record with 89 touchdowns while running back Adrian Peterson(1998-2001) of Georgia Southern scored 87 touchdowns in his career.

If West runs for 135 yards or more in the Tigers’ FCS playoff game on Saturday, he will become the 12th player in FCS history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

West will be trying to become the second Tiger to win the Walter Payton Award. David Meggett won the award in 1988.

All three Payton Award finalists will be playing in the NCAA FCS playoffs on Saturday, Dec. 7. Towson hosts Fordham (12-1) at 1:00 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Adams leads No. 3 Eastern Washington (11-1) against South Dakota State (9-4) at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Garoppolo and No. 2 Eastern Illinois (11-1) will host Tennessee State (10-3) at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

The winner of thee Towson-Fordham game will play the winner of the Eastern Illinois-Tennessee State contest on Dec. 14.

–          TowsonTigers.com –

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Towson RB West named to Walter Payton Award Watch List

Posted on 08 July 2013 by WNST Staff


Tiger Running Back Among 20 Nominees For Top Award In FCS Football

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as one of 20 finalists for the Walter Payton Award which is presented to top player in FCS football each year by The Sports Network.

West, who was the winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football in 2011, is a two-time All-American for the Tiger football team. A two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association first team selection, West has rushed for 2,340 yards in 21 games for the Tigers.

As a freshman, he ran for 1,294 yards and scored 29 touchdowns, a mark that led FCS football. As a sophomore, he picked up 1,046 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history. In his career, he has scored 44 touchdowns, the second-highest total in school history.

West is one of 11 finalists returning from last year’s ballot. Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Jamal Jackson of Appalachian State, Gavin McCarney of Colgate, DeNarius McGhee of Montana State and Wynrick Smothers of Central Arkansas are candidates for the 27thannual Payton Award. Running backs Zach Bauman of Northern Arizona, Shakir Bell of Indiana State, Timothy Flanders of Sam Houston State and Zach Zenner of South Dakota State join wide receiver Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois from last year’s finalists.

Past winners of the FCS’ most coveted award include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Brian Finneran, John Friesz and Armanti Edwards, the only two-time recipient.

In 1988, David Meggett of Towson was the second winner of the Payton Award.

Bell, West and Flanders were also finalists in 2011. McGhee was a finalist in each of his first three seasons, starting in 2010.

Lora and McCarney are the highest returning vote-getters from the 2012 Payton race. They finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Lora set an FCS single season record with 136 receptions for Eastern Illinois. McCarney ranked ninth nationally in total offense for Colgate and led the Raiders to the Patriot League championship.

The Payton Award Watch List can undergo revision during the 2013 season. Ballots will be sent to a panel of 175 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The top three vote-getters will be invited to The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation on December 16.

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