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@unhathletics Decker Added To #Payton Watch List

Oct 4, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

Excellent early season play has led to four players joining the 2011 Walter Payton Award Watch List including New Hampshire senior quarterback Kevin Decker.  Decker joins three other CAA Football athletes who were part of the early-season watch list including William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes, Delaware’s Andrew Pierce and Old Dominion’s Thomas DeMarco.

The Payton Award will celebrate its 25th anniversary this season and be presented to the FCS’ outstanding player at the national awards banquet Friday night, Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas.  The Payton Award Watch List will continue to undergo revisions during the 2011 season.  Ballots will be sent to a panel of about 200 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries after the regular season on Nov. 21. Three finalists will be announced on Dec. 1 and invited to The Sports Network/Fathead FCS Awards Presentation.

Decker has guided the Wildcats to a 3-1 record and a No. 6 ranking in this week’s The Sports Network/ Top 25. The signal caller ranks fifth nationally and second in the CAA in passing efficiency (169.59), eighth nationally and tops in the CAA in total offense/game (310) and he’s No. 2 in the FCS in points responsible for/game (23.5). The 6-foot-2, 205-pound QB leads the CAA in passing yards/game (270.8) and is second among non-kickers in scoring/game (8.5 points).

For more on the recent Payton Watch List update visit