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Breitenstein Places Third In Payton Voting
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/17/2012
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Wofford's Eric Breitenstein
Courtesy: Southern Conference
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - On Monday night at the Sports Network Awards dinner in Philadelphia, Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein finished third in the voting for the 2012 Walter Payton Award.

Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion was named the 26th recipient of the outstanding player honor in the Football Championship Subdivision. He received nearly half of the first-place votes from a national media panel - 72 of 145 - and 531 points to capture the award over Stony Brook senior running back Miguel Maysonet (284 points) and Wofford senior fullback Eric Breitenstein (197).

Breitenstein, a senior from Valle Crucis, North Carolina, was named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He is just the fourth player in conference history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. He led the Southern Conference in rushing for the second straight season with 2,035 yards, a school record and the second most in conference history.

He had 19 rushing touchdowns to lead the conference and was second in scoring with 114 points. With 12 games with 100 or more rushing yards this season, Breitenstein set a new Southern Conference mark and his eleven straight games with 100 or more yards tied an NCAA record. He also holds the SoCon single game rushing mark with 321 yards.

Breitenstein was joined at the ceremony by head coach Mike Ayers and six members of the offensive line among others who made the trip from Valle Crucis, North Carolina, and Spartanburg, S.C.

The winners of the Buck Buchanan Award (Montana State's Caleb Schreibeis, FCS outstanding defensive player), Jerry Rice Award (Villanova's John Robertson, FCS freshman of the year) and Eddie Robinson Award (North Dakota State's Craig Bohl, FCS coach of the year) were also honored at the event.

The awards are voted upon by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries.

1 Taylor Heinicke

Old Dominion

72

29

13

6

4

531

2 Miguel Maysonet

Stony Brook

13

25

20

21

17

284

3 Eric Breitenstein

Wofford

11

15

15

12

13

197

4 Erik Lora

Eastern Illinois

7

14

15

7

14

164

5 Gavin McCarney

Colgate

15

9

10

6

5

158

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