CONWAY, Ark. (UCASports.com) - University of Central Arkansas quarterback Wynrick Smothers was named to the 2013 Walter Payton Award Watch List for the second time on Monday.
Smothers, a senior from Destrehan, La., was a finalist for the award last fall. He is one of just seven quarterbacks and 20 players in all named to the preseason watch list for the award that goes to the outstanding player at the NCAA Division I FCS level.
"Wynrick had a fantastic year in 2012 statistically and in a leadership capacity,' said UCA head football coach Clint Conque. "This announcement should provide additional motivation to Wynrick. Preparation and accountability have been key elements in his development.
"We have high expectations for Wynrick in 2013 and more importantly he has an even higher expectations of himself. These type of individual recognitions bring a spotlight to our entire football team and program.'
Smothers was the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year last season after throwing for 3,103 yards and 31 touchdowns as the Bears won an SLC co-championship. Smothers, who also rushed for 449 yards and scored four more touchdowns, was a first-team All-SLC selection last season and finished in the top 11 in the Payton Award voting.
Smothers set school records in single-season total offense (3,552 yards), season completions (277), season pass attempts (451) and total offense per game (296.0). He was second in passing touchdowns.
The 27th annual Payton Award will be presented to the winner at The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation on Dec. 16. Past recipients include Tony Romo, Steve McNair and Brian Westbrook. The Sports Network also presents the Buck Buchanan, Jerry Rice and Eddie Robinson awards at the end of the season. Conque is a three-time finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.