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.
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.