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Brown Finishes 11th in Payton Award Voting

December 1, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Brown Finishes 11th in Payton Award Voting

Following one of the most prolific seasons in program history, Mike Brown finished in 11th place in the final voting for this year's Walter Payton Award, as announced by the Sports Network, earlier today.

The Walter Payton Award, now in its 24th year of existence, is handed out annually to the top offensive FCS player in the country.

Brown garnered 69 total votes, including three first-place votes, four second-place votes, six third-place votes, eight fourth-place votes and four fifth-place votes.

Brown, who was added to the Walter Payton Award watch list midyear, was one of 11 quarterbacks in the running for this year's top FCS offensive accolade.

Brown finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country, averaging 346.36 total offensive yards per game. The junior racked up 3,810 total offensive yards, setting a new program standard and posting the second-best single-season mark in Big South history.

Brown also ranked No. 5 nationally in points responsible for (17.45 average per game). The quarterback factored into 32 of the team's 48 total touchdowns, as he threw 23 touchdowns and rushed for nine more.

Brown repeated as Big South Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the second player in league history to garner the honor in consecutive seasons.

Brown also ranked No. 8 nationally in passing efficiency (149.63) and No. 9 in passing yards per game (268.73). He finished the year with three 300-yard games and four games with three or more touchdown passes.

Brown is the second player in program history to be considered for the prestigious award and the third in Big South history.

In 2008, Liberty's standout running back Rashad Jennings finished eighth in the award's voting, while Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen finished seventh in consideration for the honor in 2006. Both former Big South stars are active players on NFL rosters (Jennings – Jacksonville Jaguars and Thigpen – Miami Dolphins).

The top three players on this year's listing were all quarterbacks. Matt Barr, senior from Western Illinois, Jeremy Moses, a senior from Stephen F. Austin, and DeAndre Presley, a junior from Appalachian State, remain in the running for this year's Walter Payton Award.

The three will be honored at a banquet on Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas, the night before the NCAA FCS national championship game will be played at Pizza Hut Park. The award winner will be announced at the year-end banquet.

2010 Walter Payton Award Voting (Top three in alphabetical order)
Name (School)...........................1st .. 2nd .. 3rd .. 4th .. 5th .. Total
Matt Barr, Western Illinois
Jeremy Moses, Stephen F. Austin
DeAndre Presley, Appalachian State
4. Taiwan Jones, E. Washington.....11.....12......8.....19......4.....169
5. Henry Harris, SE Missouri St....11.....10.....10.....10.....10.....155
6. Nate Eachus, Colgate.............6......9.....12.....14.....14.....144
7. Denarius McGhee, Montana St......5......7......7......5......8......92
8. Raymond Webber, Ark.-PB..........2......8......5......9.....11......86
9. Casey Therriault, Jackson St.....3......7.....11......2......5......85
10. Ben Ijalana, Villanova...........3......4......6......7.....12......75
11. Mike Brown, Liberty..............3......4......6......8......4......69
12. Pat Devlin, Delaware.............5......5......3......2.....10......68
13. Scott Riddle, Elon...............2......1......8......5......6......54
14. Chris Whitney, Villanova.........2......0......4......7......2......38
15. Tysson Poots, Southern Utah......6......1......0......0......3......37
16. Frank Warren, Grambling St.......4......1......2......0......1......31
17. Chris Evans, Samford.............0......1......1......0......2.......9
18. Kyle Minett, South Dakota St.....0......0......1......2......1.......8
19. Eric Breitenstein, Wofford *......0......1......0......1......0.......6
20. Chase Reynolds, Montana..........0......1......0......0......0.......4
21. Steve Valentino, Dayton..........0......0......0......1......1.......3
22. Marcus Harris, Murray State *.....0......0......0......0......1.......1
* - Write-in vote