Samford's Evans on Payton Award watch list

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Samford running back Chris Evans has been named to the Payton Award watch list.

Evans was among the four players on the initial list released Tuesday for the Walter Payton Player of the Year award given to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Twenty preseason candidates will be announced, including four each week.

The other three on the initial list were Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards, South Carolina State's Will Ford and Northern Iowa's Pat Grace. Edwards won last year's Payton Award.

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