PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS (July 16, 2010) Prairie View A&M quarterback K.J. Black is one of 20 players named to the initial Walter Payton Award Watch List earlier this week. The award, sponsored by Fathead.com, is presented to the top offensive player on the Football Championship Subdivision level.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Black put together a storybook season in 2009 as the senior-to-be guided Prairie View A&M to its first SWAC Championship since 1964 with a 9-1 record. Undefeated as a starter (8-0), Black also finished as the top passer among the FCS ranks with a 172.8 pass efficiency rating and a 70.4 completion percentage. He also threw for 2,033 yards and 22 touchdowns while only recording four interceptions.
As a result of his accomplishments on the field, Black was selected as the Offensive MVP by the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Sheridan Broadcasting, Heritage Sports Radio Network and Black College Sports Page. He also earned the Paul Duffy Award by The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C.
Updates to the Payton Award Watch List will be announced on Oct. 4 and 25. Ballots will be sent to a panel of approximately 200 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries after the regular season on Nov. 22. Three finalists will be announced on Dec. 1 and invited to Frisco, Texas for the annual The Sports Network/Fathead FCS Awards Presentation.