Stuart Named Walter Payton Award Finalist
Nov. 20, 2017

STATS - Duquesne quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) has been named a finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award for the FCS offensive player of the year, the organization announced on Monday. 

A national panel of voters on Monday began to select the STATS FCS legacy awards, which honor the players and coach of the year. The lists of nominees were pared to finalists for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award (FCS offensive player of the year), STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year), STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman player of the year) and STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year).

All four awards and the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be celebrated at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.

The voting panel consists of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Voting is based on the regular season.

Stuart was added to the Walter Payton Award watch list on Nov. 7. He is the lone finalist from the NEC.   

The graduate transfer capped a standout season for the Dukes on Saturday. He completed 198-of-297 of pass attempts for 2,405 yards and 27 touchdowns on the year. The Baltimore native added 84 rushes for 328 yards and five rushing scores, as well.



Stuart set a new single-season school record for completion percentage (66.7 percent), a figure which was good for seventh in FCS football in 2017. He ranked eighth in the country in pass efficiency (159.3), the third-highest mark in NEC history and the highest since Robert Morris' Rich Demaio (162.3) in 2003.  

In addition, he ranked eighth in the nation with 27 passing touchdowns, good for a tie for fourth among Duquesne all-time single-season leaders. Stuart accounted for at least two total touchdowns in nine of 11 games this season for the Dukes.

Running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) became the first FCS Legacy Awards recipient from the NEC by winning the Jerry Rice Award last season after tallying a Duquesne freshman-record 1,291 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

Quarterback Dillon Buechel (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) was a Walter Payton Award finalist a year ago while linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) finished 12th in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award.

Walter Payton Award Finalists
Dominick Bragalone, RB, Jr. - Lehigh
Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sr. - Sam Houston State
Chandler Burks, QB, Jr. - Kennesaw State
Taryn Christion, QB, Jr. - South Dakota State
Case Cookus, QB, So. - Northern Arizona
Keelan Doss, WR, Jr. - UC Davis
Dallas Goedert, TE, Sr. - South Dakota State
Gage Gubrud, QB, Jr. - Eastern Washington
Hayden Hildebrand, QB, Sr. - Central Arkansas
Devlin Hodges, QB, Jr. - Samford
Chad Kanoff, QB, Sr. - Princeton
DeVante Kincade, QB, Sr. - Grambling State
Kyle Lauletta, QB, Sr. - Richmond 
Anthony Lawrence, QB, Jr. - San Diego
Josh Mack, RB, So. - Maine
Detrez Newsome, RB, Sr. - Western Carolina
Neil O'Connor, WR, Jr. - New Hampshire 
Brandon Parker, OT, Sr. - North Carolina A&T
Troy Pelletier, WR, Sr. - Lehigh
Lamar Raynard, QB, Jr. - North Carolina A&T
Bryan Schor, QB, Sr. - James Madison
Chris Streveler, QB, Sr. - South Dakota, QB
Tommy Stuart, QB, Grad - Duquesne
Roc Thomas, RB, Sr. - Jacksonville State
Justin Watson, WR, Sr. - Penn


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