Welch Named Finalist For Walter Payton Award

Liam Welch at Florida 2021

Madison Gunst

Liam Welch was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award Monday afternoon.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second-straight season Samford graduate quarterback Liam Welch was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award when Stats Perform released its 25 finalists Monday afternoon.
 
The Payton Award, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary season, is named for the legendary Hall of Fame running back and is given annually the top offensive player in all of FCS football. Welch was also a finalist for the award in the spring season. Former Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges won the Walter Payton Award following the 2018 season.
 
This season, Welch ranked fifth in the nation in total offense per game, averaging 352.4 total yards per contest. He also ranked seventh nationally in passing yards per game, with an average of 306.0 yards per game through the air.
 
For the season, Welch completed 315-of-477 passes for 3,366 yards and 22 touchdowns. He passed for at least 300 yards in six games this season, including a Samford and Southern Conference record 582 yards against ETSU.
 
Welch was also second on the team in rushing this season. He carried the ball 111 times for 510 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also scored eight rushing touchdowns on the season.
 
A 50-member, national media panel will select the winner of the Walter Payton Award, who will be announced on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas – the eve of the FCS championship game.
 
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