Bryant’s Brown Bursts onto National FCS Scene; Nation’s No. 1 Rusher Added to Walter Payton Watch List

Jordan Brown has been the best kept secret in Division I FCS, but now the word is out.

The Sports Network has added Brown to its updated Walter Payton Award Watch List, which was released on Tuesday, Oct. 25.  The Walter Payton Award annually goes to the top player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.  Read the Sports Network Story.

With Bryant reclassifying into the DI ranks and still ineligible for NCAA postseason play, it’s easy for one to overlook the junior running back who has carried his team to a 5-3 record this year.

Due to Bryant’s reclassifying status, Brown is ineligible for NCAA statistical titles and does not appear in the weekly rankings, but that doesn’t change the fact his 1,308 rushing yards are the most in the nation.

Brown is eligible for all Northeast Conference-issued honors and has already twice won the NEC Special Teams Player of the Week award for his game-changing efforts in the return game.

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His 1,410 rushing yards in 2010 earned him the NEC individual statistical crown and, he is on pace to make it two in a row.  His closest competition comes from Saint Francis (PA) junior Kyle Harbridge and his 1,041 yards through eight games.  Duquesne’s Larry McCoy (1,016) has also broken the 1,000-yard barrier for a second straight season.

The NEC has never had a Walter Payton Award winner, but has had plenty of prime candidates throughout the years.  Most recently, UAlbany’s David McCarty and Monmouth’s Dave Sinisi were in the running for the 2009 honor, which went to Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards.

Take a look at Jordan Brown’s big day against Sacred Heart on Spet. 16 when he went for 334 all-purpose yards…

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