Breitenstein named to Walter Payton watch list
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein was named to the Walter Payton Award watch list by The Sports Network.
The Sports Network, which hands out the award, named 19 other finalists, including Elon receiver Aaron Mellette. No Appalachian State players are on the list.
Breitenstein, a former Watauga High standout, is also a Sports Network preseason All-American. Breitenstein was the Southern Conference's Offensive Player of the Year last season after gaining 1,474 yards on 268 carries and 19 touchdowns in 12 games. He was also fifth in the nation in scoring at 9.5 points per game.
Mellette led the SoCon with 113 receptions for 1,639 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 games. A total of 12 of the 20 players on the watch list return from last year's list.
The other returning finalists are:
Casey Brockman QB Murray State
DeNarius McGhee QB Montana State
Brad Sorensen QB Southern Utah
Shakir Bell RB Indiana State
Jordan Brown RB Bryant
Jamaine Cook RB Youngstown State
Timothy Flanders RB Sam Houston State
Andrew Pierce RB Delaware
Terrance West RB Towson
Eric Breitenstein FB Wofford
Aaron Mellette WR Elon
Rodrick Rumble WR Idaho State
The new finalists are:
Taylor Heinicke QB Old Dominion
Kurt Hess QB Youngstown State
Jeff Matthews QB Cornell
Zach Bauman RB Northern Arizona
Matt Denham RB Eastern Kentucky
Miguel Maysonet RB Stony Brook
Ryan Spadola WR Lehigh
Rochard Sincere All purpose Sam Houston State