MISSOULA -- Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson has been named to the preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List. The award is given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Johnson, a 6-1, 195-pound senior, is coming off his best season for the Grizzlies. Johnson threw for 3,387 yards with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions, helping the Grizzlies earn at at-large bid to the playoffs.
“It’s a great honor,” Johnson said. “I feel like it’s not just me, but the whole Montana team and offense that has been put in this spotlight. I am so thankful to have the teammates that I’ve had, and the coaches that I’ve had who put me in a position to be honored like this.”
Johnson is one of three Big Sky Conference players on the list, along with quarterback Vernon Adams and receiver Cooper Kupp, both of Eastern Washington. Adams was one of three Payton finalists at the end of last season.
The Payton list has started with 19 players, but is typically revised as the season moves along. Ballots will be sent to a national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters and writers following the regular season. The top three vote-getters will be invited to the presentation of the award in Philadelphia.