Walter Payton Award

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The Walter Payton Award is a college football award given each year to the nation's most outstanding Division I FCS offensive player as determined by a panel of media and sports information directors. From 1987-1994, the award was given to the most outstanding Division I FCS player, without regard to position, but the institution of the Buck Buchanan Award in 1995 allowed the Payton to be devoted to offensive players.

1987 Kenny Gamble Colgate running back
1988 Dave Meggett Towson running back
1989 John Friesz Idaho quarterback
1990 Walter Dean Grambling State running back
1991 Jamie Martin Weber State quarterback
1992 Michael Payton Marshall quarterback
1993 Doug Nussmeier Idaho quarterback
1994 Steve McNair Alcorn State quarterback
1995 Dave Dickenson Montana quarterback
1996 Archie Amerson Northern Arizona running back
1997 Brian Finneran Villanova wide receiver
1998 Jerry Azumah New Hampshire running back
1999 Adrian Peterson Georgia Southern running back
2000 Louis Ivory Furman running back
2001 Brian Westbrook Villanova running back
2002 Tony Romo Eastern Illinois quarterback
2003 Jamaal Branch Colgate running back
2004 Lang Campbell William & Mary quarterback
2005 Erik Meyer Eastern Washington quarterback
2006 Ricky Santos New Hampshire quarterback
2007 Jayson Foster Georgia Southern quarterback
2008 Armanti Edwards Appalachian State quarterback
2009 Armanti Edwards Appalachian State quarterback
2010 Jeremy Moses Stephen F. Austin quarterback
2011 Bo Levi Mitchell Eastern Washington quarterback
2012 Taylor Heinecke Old Dominion quarterback
2013 Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois quarterback

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