DeMorat, Kokosioulis, Sluka, Hamm, Greenhagen, Cadet, Oliver and Chesney among finalists
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Eight Patriot League contenders have been selected as finalists for five different FCS national awards, as announced by Stats Perform this week.
A national media panel will select the Walter Payton, Buck Buchanan, Jerry Rice, Doris Robinson and Eddie Robinson award winners, with voting based on the regular season. The recipient will be announced at the FCS National Awards Banquet on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.
|ESTADÍSTICA PERFORMS THE FCS NATIONAL AWARDS||FINALISTS|
|Walter Payton Award
(FCS Offensive Player of the Year)
|Tim DeMorat (Fordham, Sr., QB); Fotis Kokosioulis (Fordham, Sr., WR); Matthew Sluka (Holy Cross, Jr., QB)|
|Buck Buchanan Award
(FCS Defensive Player of the Year)
|Malik Hamm (Lafayette, Sr., DL); Ryan Greenhagen (Fordham, Gr., LB)|
|Jerry Rice Award
|Wedner Cadet (Georgetown, Fr., DB)|
|Doris Robinson Award
(FCS Scholar-Athlete of the Year)
|Peter Oliver (Holy Cross, Sr., RB)|
|Eddie Robinson Award
(FCS Coach of the Year)
|Bob Chesney (Holy Cross|
WALTER PAYTON AWARD
Fordham senior quarterback Tim DeMorat, wide receiver Fotis Kokosioulis and Holy Cross junior quarterback Matthew Sluka were selected among 30 finalists for the 2022 Walter Payton Award, given to the National Offensive Player of the Year in the Championship Subdivision of college football DeMorat was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight season after leading the FCS in five categories, including passing yards (4,561) and passing touchdowns (53). Kokosioulis is second in the FCS in receiving yards (1,180) and receiving touchdowns (14). Sluka is third in the nation in passing efficiency (180.7), 10th in passing touchdowns (25) and seventh in points scored (198). Colgate running backs Kenny Gamble (1987) and Jamaal Branch (2003) have won the Walter Payton Award in the honor’s 35-year history.
EDITIONS: THE ANALYST | FORDHAM | HOLY CROSS
BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD
Lafayette senior defensive lineman Malik Hamm and Fordham graduate student linebacker Ryan Greenhagen were among 30 finalists for the 2022 Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the FCS national defensive player of the year. Hamm was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for the second time. Hamm became the first Patriot League football student-athlete to earn All-League honors five times, while Greenhagen became a four-time All-League selection. Hamm is 15th in the FCS with 0.77 sacks per game and finishes his College Hill career fourth in Patriot League history with 32 sacks. Greenhagen finished third in the League with 103 tackles. He’s 12 away from becoming the Patriot League’s career leader in tackles.
EDITIONS: THE ANALYST | LAFAYETTE | FORDHAM
JERRY RICE AWARD
Georgetown freshman defensive back Wedner Cadet was selected as one of 25 candidates for the 2025 Jerry Rice Awards, presented in the FCS’ first national year. This will be the 12th year of the Jerry Rice Award, which Fordham legend Chase Edmonds won in 2014. Cadet leads the Patriot League and is tied for sixth in the FCS with 0.5 interceptions per game. Bucknell’s Alex Pechin won the 2019 Jerry Rice Award.
EDITIONS: THE ANALYST | GEORGETOWN
DORIS ROBINSON AWARD
Holy Cross senior running back Peter Oliver was named one of 15 finalists for the FedEx Ground Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award. The Doris Robinson Award will be presented for the eighth time, given to an FCS student-athlete who excels not only on the field and in the classroom, but also in the community and beyond. Oliver, a three-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree, is one of two league finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy and has been selected as the 2021 Patriot League Football Athlete of the Year.
EDITIONS: THE ANALYST | HOLY CROSS
EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD
Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney was selected as one of 16 finalists for the 2022 Eddie Robinson Award, given to the FCS national coach of the year. Chesney guided the Crusaders to a league-record fourth straight title and the first undefeated season by a Patriot League football team since 2003. Chesney received his second straight Dick Biddle Coach of the Year honor from the Patriot League, the third of his five years. mandate at the Holy Cross. Three Patriot League head coaches have earned Eddie Robinson Awards, including Holy Cross’ Mark Duffner (1987), Lafayette’s Bill Russo (1988) and Lehigh’s Pete Lembo (2001).
EDITIONS: THE ANALYST | HOLY CROSS
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