Raynard Added to Walter Payton Watch List
GREENSBORO (October 24, 2017) – North Carolina A&T junior quarterback Lamar Raynard (6-foot-4, 210, High Point, N.C.) has been added to the Walter Payton Award Watch List by STATS FCS. Raynard is the second N.C. A&T offensive player on the list after fifth-year left tackle Brandon Parker (6-7, 209, Kannapolis, N.C.) was added during the preseason.
The Walter Payton Award is given to the best offensive player on the NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision level as voted on by a national panel of more than 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitatries. Past winners have included Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Freisz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp. Former N.C. A&T running back and current Chicago Bear Tarik Cohen was a finalist last season.
Raynard is having a career season for the first-place team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, N.C. A&T (8-0, 5-0 MEAC). He has already reached career highs in passing yards (2,025), touchdown passes (23), completions (137) and attempts (209). Those numbers are putting him on pace to topple a few single-season N.C. A&T records. He needs 238 yards to break Maseo Bolin’s 22-year old single-season passing record. He needs two touchdown passes to break Alan Hooker’s 32-year old single-season touchdown passes record. Another Hooker record that could fall is his single-season completions record. Raynard needs 33 more completions to top that 32-year old mark.
Hooker’s single-season total offense record is in jeopardy too. Raynard has 2,118 yards of total offense this season, leaving him 208 yards shy of the mark. Raynard is even after one of his own records. Last season, he completed 64.6 percent of his passes (135-for-209) to set a new single-season mark at N.C. A&T. This season he has completed 65.5 percent of his passes (137-for-209). Earlier this season, Raynard broke the school’s single-game passing percentage record by going 19-for-22 (.864) for 321 yards against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 2. When he threw for 324 against Delaware State on Oct. 7, he became the first quarterback in school history to have two 300-yard passing games in the same season.
For his career, Raynard has a passing efficiency rating of 148.23, the best in school history thus far. He leads the nation in passing efficiency (180.4) and touchdown passes. He ranks among the top-25 in the country in yards per pass attempt (3rd, 9.69), points responsible for (5th, 146), points responsible for per game (9th, 18.3), passing yards per completion (11th, 14.78), passing yards (12th), completion percentage (14th), passing yards per game (20th, 253.1) and total offense per game (24th, 264.8).
N.C. A&T returns to the field 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 when they face Norfolk State at William “Dick” Price Stadium.