PHILADELPHIA -- Quarterbacks Lang Campbell of William & Mary and Dustin Long of Sam Houston State and running back DaVon Fowlkes
of Appalachian State were selected as finalists Monday for the
Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in Division
Long, the Southland Conference offensive player of the year, has
thrown for 3,735 yards and 36 touchdowns with 14 interceptions for
the Bearkats (10-2), who play Eastern Washington in a I-AA
quarterfinal Saturday. Long transferred from Texas A&M before the 2003 season when coach Dennis Franchione took over the Aggies program
Campbell, the Atlantic 10 offensive player of the year, has
passed for 3,331 yards and 24 touchdowns with four interceptions.
The Tribe (10-2) meet Delaware in the quarterfinals of the I-AA
Fowlkes led Division I-AA in catches with 103 for 1,618 yards
and had 2,313 all-purpose yards -- all Southern Conference records.
His 14 touchdowns set a school mark.
The winner will be announced Dec. 16 in Chattanooga, Tenn.