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GSU's Foster added to Payton Award watch list
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Jayson Foster
STATESBORO — Senior Jayson Foster (Canton/Cherokee County) and his impressive statistics in the 2007 season have earned him another honor. Foster was named Tuesday to the Walter Payton Award watch list, as announced by The Sports Network.
 Foster was one of eight new players named to the 16-person watch list which features three players from the Southern Conference (RB Kevin Richardson of Appalachian State and QB Duran Lawson of The Citadel). The award, which goes to the Offensive Player of the Year among the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) members, will be announced December 13th in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The senior quarterback joins Chaz Williams (2004) and Jermaine Austin (2005) as Eagles named to the Payton Award list in recent years. Former All-America running back Adrian Peterson is the only Eagle to win the Payton Award, doing so in 1999.
Leading the Eagles to a 4-2 record, already surpassing last year’s win total, Foster has completed 67-of-99 passes for 729 yards and three touchdowns. He also leads the rushing attack with 956 yards and 15 touchdowns. Foster enters this week ranked fourth nationally in rushing (159.3 ypg) and scoring (15.0 ppg), 16th in total offense (280.8), tied for 14th in all-purpose yards (173.2) and tied for 55th averaging 6.9 yards per punt return.
Earlier this year Foster has been named National ‘Player of the Week’, twice named Southern Conference ‘Offensive Player of the Week’ and earned the league’s ‘Player of the Month’ award for September.
Foster and the Eagles travel to fifth-ranked Appalachian State this Saturday (Oct. 20) for a scheduled 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be televised live on MASN and will be picked up locally by WGSA-TV in Savannah. Check your local listings for the channel.
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