NDSU quarterback Stick a finalist for Water Payton Award

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick has been named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which recognizes the offensive player of the year in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

The other finalists are Kennesaw State quarterback Chandler Burks and Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges. The winner will be announced at the STATS FCS awards banquet on Jan. 4, in Frisco, Texas, a day before the national championship game.

Stick, from Omaha, Nebraska, has led NDSU to a 12-0 record and into the quarterfinals. He ranks second in FCS history for wins by a quarterback with 46. He’s third in the nation in passing efficiency and has accounted for 2,585 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns, setting school career marks for total yards, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns.

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