Football: Grimes on Walter Payton Award watch list

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July 13, 2010

6:54 PM

After amassing 1,294 rushing yards in 2009 as one of the main cogs in the College’s offense last season, junior tailback Jonathan Grimes will begin the 2010 season on the national radar. The tailback is one of 20 players who were selected to the 2010 Walter Payton Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top FCS player.

If Grimes were to win the award, it would represent the crowning achievement in an already impressive resume. Last season, he averaged 145.9 yards per game, which ranked second in the CAA and 13th nationally. He also become the fastest player in Tribe history to reach the career 1,000 yard mark, doing it in just 13 career appearances.

Grimes burst on the FCS national scene during his freshman season, garnering the College Sporting News Honorable Mention Rookie of the Year and the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2008.

Grimes hopes to join former quarterback Lang Campbell ’05 as the only Tribe players to win the prestigious award.

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