Samford’s Devlin Hodges a finalist for Walter Payton Award

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Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT)–Samford senior quarterback Devlin Hodges took one step closer to capturing the top offensive honor in FCS football Monday.

STATS announced Monday Hodges is one of the three top finalists for the Walter Payton Award, and will travel to Frisco, Texas, for the annual FCS Awards Banquet Jan. 4. The top three finishers in the voting among FCS media and sports information directors were Hodges, Kennesaw State quarterback Chandler Burks and North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick.

Hodges is the first Samford player to finish in the top three of the Walter Payton Award voting. The previous highest finish in the voting was fourth by Hodges last season.

Hodges set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season, breaking the old record of 4,088, set by Hodges in 2016. He also became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve McNair at Alcorn State from 1991-94.

In addition to the FCS record for career passing yards, Hodges also set FCS records for career completions and attempts. Hodges has rewritten the Samford record book, as he will leave school owning 23 different school records.

Samford finished the 2018 season with a record of 6-5 overall and 5-3 in SoCon play. The record marks Samford’s eighth-straight winning season, the longest streak in program history.

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