Two months ago, Herb Walker was a backup running back on a Morgan State squad with low expectations. Now, he’s on the short list for the most prestigous individual award in FCS football.
The 5’8 redshirt sophomore from Cleveland has been added to the watch list for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Walker has been Morgan State’s main weapon, rushing for 915 yards and eight touchdowns in six games. He’s rushed for at least 100 yards in his team’s last five games, and has two 200-yard rushing games.
He joins Alabama State’s Malcolm Cyrus as the HBCU representatives on the list for the award named after the Jackson State legend. Alcorn State’s Steve McNair was the last HBCU player to win the award.