NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State senior Chris Rowland finished sixth in the 2019 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award voting. Rowland earned seven first place votes and tallied 153 total points to finish behind Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere and the final four top vote getters who are invited to the STATS FCS Awards Banquet Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas – on the eve of the national championship game.
Rowland, who is in contention for the Black College Football Hall of Fame Deacon Jones Player of the Year award, finished 29 points ahead of finalist Jah-Maine Martin of North Carolina A&T, 133 points ahead of Ryan Stanley of Florida A&M and 138 in front of Felix Harper of Alcorn State.
This marks the highest placement for a Tiger since Charles Anthony grabbed top four honors in 2003 and 2004.
The Walter Peyton Award is given to the outstanding offensive player in college football’s Division I subdivision. The 2019 final four are Northern Arizona senior quarterback Case Cookus, Monmouth junior running back Pete Guerriero, North Dakota State redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance and Sacramento State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson.
A national panel of 156 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Payton Award following the regular season. Voters selected a Top 5 on their ballot.
The 2019 Walter Payton Award results for fifth through 26th place:
5. Eric Barriere, QB, Eastern Washington: 19-16-14-8-7-224
6. Chris Rowland, WR, Tennessee State: 7-15-10-11-6-153
7. Jah-Maine Martin, RB, North Carolina A&T: 4-13-7-9-13-124
8. Kenji Bahar, QB, Monmouth: 3-9-8-10-9-104
9. Daniel Smith, QB, Villanova: 4-4-12-7-10-96
10. James Robinson, RB, Illinois State: 2-5-9-11-7-86
11. Reid Sinnett, QB, San Diego: 4-4-7-6-2-71
12. Bailey Zappe, QB, Houston Baptist: 2-2-4-9-5-53
13. Tom Flacco, QB, Towson: 2-5-3-4-2-49
14. Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State: 1-2-4-7-5-44
15. Breylin Smith, QB, Central Arkansas: 1-2-4-4-7-40
16. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton: 0-1-3-7-9-36
T17. Alex Ramsey, RB, VMI: 1-2-0-4-6-27
T17. Aaron Winchester, QB, Central Connecticut State: 1-1-3-2-5-27
19. Kurt Rawlings, QB, Yale: 0-4-0-2-3-23
20. Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jacksonville State: 1-2-1-2-2-22
21. Ryan Stanley, QB, Florida A&M: 0-3-2-0-2-20
22. Aaron Parker, WR, Rhode Island: 1-1-1-0-5-17
23. Felix Harper, QB, Alcorn State: 1-1-1-1-1-15
24. Jordan Bentley, RB, Alabama A&M: 0-0-2-1-4-12
25. Domenic Cozier, RB, Holy Cross: 1-0-1-1-1-11
26. Julius Chestnut, RB, Sacred Heart: 0-0-0-1-3-5
A first-place vote was worth five points, a second-place vote four points, a third-place vote three points, a fourth-place vote two points and a fifth-place vote one point.