DeMorat, Kokosioulis, Sluka, Hamm, Greenhagen, Cadet, Oliver and Chesney among the finalists
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Eight Patriot League candidates have been selected as finalists for five different FCS national awards, Stats Perform announced this week.
A national media panel will select the winners of the Walter Payton, Buck Buchanan, Jerry Rice, Doris Robinson and Eddie Robinson Awards, with voting based on the regular season. The winner will be announced at the FCS National Awards banquet on January 7 in Frisco, Texas.
|STATISTICS RUN FCS NATIONAL AWARDS||FINALISTS|
|Walter Payton Prize
(FCS Offensive Player of the Year)
|Tim DeMorat (Fordham, Sr., QB); Fotis cocosioulis (Fordham, Sr., WR); Matthew Sluka (Holy Cross, Jr., QB)|
|Buck Buchanan Prize
(FCS Defensive Player of the Year)
|Malik Hamm (Lafayette, Sr., DL); Ryan Greenhagen (Fordham, Gr., LB)|
|Jerry Rice Prize
(FCS Rookie of the Year)
|Wedner Cadet (Georgetown, Fri., DB)|
|Doris Robinson Prize
(FCS Scholar Athlete of the Year)
|Peter Oliver (Holy Cross, Sr., RB)|
|Eddie Robinson Prize
(FCS Coach of the Year)
|Bob Chesney (Holy Cross|
WALTER PAYTON PRIZE
Fordham senior quarterback Tim DeMorat, senior wide receiver Fotis Kokosioulis and Holy Cross junior quarterback Matthew Sluka were selected among the 30 finalists for the 2022 Walter Payton Award, which recognizes national offensive player of the year in of college football’s championship subdivision. DeMorat was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight year after leading FCS in five categories, including passing yards (4,561) and passing touchdowns (53). Kokosioulis is second in FCS in yards (1,180) and touchdowns (14) collected. Sluka is third nationally in passing efficiency (180.7), tenth in passing touchdowns (25), and seventh in points in charge (198). Colgate running backs Kenny Gamble (1987) and Jamaal Branch (2003) have both received the Walter Payton Award in the award’s 35-year history.
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BUCK BUCHANAN PRIZE
Lafayette senior defensive lineman Malik Hamm and Fordham Graduate Student linebacker Ryan Greenhagen were among the 30 finalists for the 2022 Buck Buchanan Award, presented to FCS National Defensive Player of the Year. Hamm was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for the second time. Hamm became the first Patriot League student-athlete to earn five-time All-League honors, while Greenhagen became a four-time All-League selection. Hamm is 15th in FCS at .77 sacks per game and finishing his College Hill career fourth in Patriot League history with 32 sacks. Greenhagen finished third in the league with 103 tackles. He is 12 tackles away from becoming the Patriot League career leader.
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JERRY RICE PRIZE
Georgetown freshman defensive back Wedner Cadet was selected as one of 25 nominees for the 2025 Jerry Rice Awards, presented to FCS National Freshman of the Year. This is the 12th year of the Jerry Rice Award, won by Fordham legend Chase Edmonds in 2014. Cadet leads the Patriot League and ranks sixth in FCS with .5 interceptions per game. Bucknell’s Alex Pechin received the 2019 Jerry Rice Award.
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DORIS ROBINSON PRIZE
Holy Cross senior running back Peter Oliver was named one of 15 finalists for the FedEx Ground Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award. The Doris Robinson Award is presented for the eighth time to an FCS student and athlete who excels not only on the field and in the classroom, but in the community and beyond. Oliver, a three-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree, is one of the two league finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy and was named the 2021 Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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EDDIE ROBINSON PRIZE
Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney has been selected as one of 16 finalists for the 2022 Eddie Robinson Award, presented to FCS National Coach of the Year. Chesney led the Crusaders to a league record, fourth straight overall win and the first undefeated season by a Patriot League football team since 2003. Chesney earned Patriot League Dick Biddle Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year, the third of his five years of service at the Holy Cross. Three Patriot League head coaches have received Eddie Robinson Awards, including Holy Cross’s Mark Duffner (1987), Lafayette’s Bill Russo (1988), and Lehigh’s Pete Lembo (2001).
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As the Patriot League enters its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, it continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to their founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is considered an important part of a comprehensive education.