Grambling running back Frank Warren‘s name has been added to the newest watch list for the Walter Payton Award.
It’s about time.
After all, Warren is second in the FCS for rushing yards per game with 163.1. A four-year starter at GSU, Warren is on pace to pass Eric Gant’s school records for rushing yards in a season and a career, and has already become the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2001, with 1,142 yards through seven games.
“I don’t know what you have to do to get on that list,” Grambling coach Rod Broadway said this morning. “The world is starting to find out what we’ve known for four years: That he’s an outstanding player.”
Despite his jarring absence from the Payton list, Warren didn’t arrive at Mississippi Valley State last week as an unheralded threat.
“The No. 1 thing,” lamented Karl Morgan, coach at Valley, “was to stop Frank Warren.”
Warren blasted Valley for 209 yards, leaving him just 61 short of legendary Walter Payton for fifth all-time in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
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“Frank is a good football player for us,” the typically understated Broadway adds. “Hopefully, he can continue to play well for us this season. He’s right on Walter Payton’s heels for all-time rushing in our league. As Frank said this morning, just to be mentioned with those guys is a great honor.”
Warren joins the Watch List alongside quarterbacks Mike Brown of Liberty, Thomas DeMarco of Old Dominion, Pat Devlin of Delaware, Michael Herrick of Northern Arizona, Cameron Higgins of Weber State, Jeremy Moses of Stephen F. Austin, DeAndre Presley of Appalachian State, Scott Riddle of Elon, Casey Therriault of Jackson State, Steve Valentino of Dayton and Chris Whitney of Villanova; running backs Nate Eachus of Colgate, Chris Evans of Samford, Jonathan Grimes of William & Mary, Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington, Kyle Minett of South Dakota State and Chase Reynolds of Montana; wide receiver Tysson Poots of Southern Utah; and offensive tackle Ben Ijalana of Villanova.