One day after becoming the first player in league history to the win the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honor four straight times, junior quarterback Quinn Epperly earned national distinction as well. He was named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List Tuesday. The 27th annual award, presented by The Sports Network, honors the outstanding player in the FCS.
Princeton is the only Ivy League school to have players on both the Payton Award Watch List and the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, which honors the top defensive player in the FCS. Caraun Reid, a 2012 All-America, has been on the Buchanan Watch List all season.
Epperly ranks first nationally in points responsible for per game (27.5), second nationally in completion percentage (74.1, on 157-of-212 passing), third nationally in scoring per game (12.0) and sixth nationally in passing efficiency (169.4).
"We are very excited for Quinn to be named to this prestigious list," head coach Bob Surace said. "He has made winning plays for our team all season, and his decision-making has been terrific. He understands that we still have a lot of work to do to accomplish our goals this season."
Epperly, who has been the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week in all five of Princeton's Ivy wins this season, is third on the Princeton single-season rushing touchdown list with 16, including two from last week's 38-26 comeback win over Penn. He is three short of the Keith Elias' record, set in 1993; Elias finished second to Idaho quarterback Doug Nussmeier for the 1993 Walter Payton Award.
He moved into second place on the Princeton single-season passing touchdown list with his 20th passing score last weekend to Connor Kelley, a fourth-quarter strike that basically clinched Princeton's seventh straight win. Doug Butler holds the record with 25 passing touchdowns, set during the 1983 season.
Epperly will lead Princeton this Saturday at 1 pm (ESPN3, WPRB 103.3 FM) against Yale in the 136th meeting between the two historic programs. A Tiger victory would clinch at least a share of the program's 10th Ivy League championship.