Coastal Carolina’s Ross on initial Walter Payton Award Watch List

From staff reportsJuly 7, 2014 

Coastal Carolina Montana football

Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross (4) scrambles in the first quarter as Montana linebacker Brock Coyle (56) tries to wrap him up.

BY MICHAEL ALBANS — The Associated Press

Coastal Carolina junior quarterback Alex Ross was one of 20 players named Monday to the initial Walter Payton Award Watch List.

The Walter Payton Award is presented by The Sports Network to the most outstanding player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

Ross is one of nine quarterbacks on the initial list – a quarterback has won the award in each of the last 10 years – and one of just three juniors to the list.

Former CCU quarterback Tyler Thigpen finished seventh in the voting in 2006 and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro finished 11th in the voting last season.

Ross is coming off a season in which he earned first team All-Big South honors by helping the program win its sixth Big South title and set 24 single-season offensive records, including 18 Big South single-season marks. Coastal additionally won 12 games, reached the NCAA Division I Championship quarterfinals and a final national ranking of seventh – all CCU and Big South firsts.

Ross, who completed 232-of-358 passes for 3,093 yards and 26 scores in 2013, led the Big South in seven offensive categories last season while ranking sixth in the FCS in passing efficiency (156.3), 14th in touchdowns passes (26), 14th in points responsible for (194), 16th in passing yards (3,093), 18th in yards per completion (13.33), 19th in completion percentage (.648) and 29th in total offense yards per game (259.5).

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