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Sprayberry grad McKinnon among Payton Award candidates

By Adam Carrington (, Marietta Daily Journal Sports Writer, 07/09/13, 1:30PM EDT


All-purpose Georgia Southern QB keeps turning heads

Jerick McKinnon seems to be one of those players who lets his contributions speak for him.

That approach to the game has seemed to work quite well on the football field.

Entrenched as the full-time starting quarterback at Georgia Southern, after previously seeing time as a running back and defensive back, the former Sprayberry High School star is one of 20 players who is on the Walter Payton Award watch list.

The annual award, named after the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back and product of FCS-level Jackson State, is presented to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Past winners include such NFL mainstays as Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook and Brian Finneran.

Georgia Southern QB Jerick McKinnon (photo by Georgia Southern Athletics/Frank Fortune, courtesy Marietta Daily Journal).