Stony Brook trying to get Miguel Maysonet votes for Payton Award

Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet runs a 75-yard kick-off

Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet runs a 75-yard kick-off return for a touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter of a game against Gardner-Webb. (Oct. 20, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The Football Championship Subdivision equivalent of the Heisman Trophy is the Walter Payton Award, and Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet is one of the leading contenders. But just in case voters around the country aren't aware of Maysonet's exploits, Stony Brook has set up a website to promote his candidacy.

It's called Maysonet4Payton.com, and it includes highlight videos, statistics, biography and a "What They Are Saying" section. Maysonet is the career rushing leader for Stony Brook and for the Big South Conference with a total of 4,263 yards. He has rushed for 1,502 yards through nine games this season to rank second nationally in FCS, and he has topped the 200-yard mark three times.

"I'm really not thinking about that," Maysonet said recently when asked about his chances of winning the award named for the Chicago Bears' Hall of Fame running back. "I don't really focus on my stats or awards or anything like that. I just try to play football and win games for my team."

Stony Brook is 8-1, including 4-0 in Big South play, heading into the senior running back's final regular-season home game against Virginia Military Institute at 6 p.m. Saturday at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves are ranked No. 9 in both the FCS Coaches poll and the Sports Network poll.

Explaining the school's decision to publicize Maysonet's candidacy, Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore said, "We believe Miguel will stand out to the voters and fans, so we decided to launch a campaign for his candidacy so that everyone can be educated, learn the facts, watch the highlights and understand why he is such a special athlete and is so deserving of this unique accolade.

"Miguel has established himself as the premier player in the Football Championship Subdivision and we believe the leading candidate to win the Walter Payton Award."

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