RICHMOND, Va. – In his first year as the feature back for Maine football Josh Mack had himself quite the season.
The Football Championship Subdivision took notice.
Mack has been named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award given to the nation’s top offensive player.
Mack finished the season as the lead rusher in the FCS with just over thirteen hundred rushing yards.
The sophomore back also totaled nine touchdowns.
Mack took a huge step in his second season as he nearly doubled his rush total from 2016.
Head coach Joe Harasymiak said he’s excited for Mack to improve on the little things this off season and for him to expand on his role on what he hopes will be a postseason caliber squad in 2018.
“And I think now its just about him setting the tone because he’s got the platform from the way he’d played to be a real leader on this team, but it think certainly Josh wants to be the leading rusher on a playoff team,” Harasymiak said.
Freshman linebacker Jaron Grayer was also named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award which is given to the nation’s top freshman.
Grayer led CAA freshmen with 7.9 tackles per game.