August 24, 2005
Statesboro - Jermaine Austin, a senior on the Georgia Southern football team, was named to The Sports Network Walter Payton Award watch list.
Austin is one of 16 players nationwide named to the initial list. The Sports Network presents the Payton Award to the top player in NCAA Division I-AA football.
The official Payton Award list will undergo three revisions prior to the final distribution of ballots in late November.
Media members and Sports Information Directors at I-AA schools vote on the Walter Payton Award and Buck Buchanan Award (top defensive player).
Austin was a finalist for the Payton Award after his sophomore year in 2003 when he rushed for 1,461 yards.
He is one of three representatives from the Southern Conference on this year’s initial watch list (Ingle Martin of Furman, Richie Williams of Appalachian State).
Entering his senior year with 3,865 career rushing yards, Austin holds the distinction as being the top active career rusher in NCAA I-AA.
Also among the I-AA active leaders, he ranks first in career yards per carry (6.19), second in rushing attempts (624) and fourth in rushing yards per game (110.4).
Austin , three times named First Team All-Southern Conference, needs 12 yards to move into second place on the Georgia Southern career rushing list.
He already stands fifth all-time in rushing attempts and third in yards per carry.
The Eagles open the 2005 season on September 3rd at Northeastern.
The Paulson Stadium opener is the following Saturday against McNeese State.
The Sports Network Walter Payton Award Watch List
Jermaine Austin, RB (Georgia Southern);
David Ball, WR (New Hampshire);
Steve Baylark, RB (Massachusetts);
Clifton Dawson, RB (Harvard);
Bruce Eugene, QB (Grambling State);
Terrance Freeney, RB (Northern Iowa);
Travis Glasford, RB (Western Illinois);
Nick Hartigan, RB (Brown);
Lex Hilliard, RB (Montana);
Eric Kimble, WR (Eastern Washington);
Travis Lulay, QB (Montana State);
Ingle Martin, QB (Furman);
Erik Meyer, QB (Eastern Washington);
Joel Sambursky, QB (Southern Illinois);
Ricky Santos, QB (New Hampshire);
Richie Williams, QB (Appalachian State).
from: Georgia Southern Sports Information