Towson RB West named Walter Payton Award finalist

December 03, 2013 | 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.

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