McKinney Named On 2022 Walter Payton Award Preseason Watch List

An all-ASUN performer last season, McKinney set the single-season program record for completions (229) and became just the second player in program history to surpass 3,000 total yards of offense in a season (3,025).

RICHMOND, Ky. – Stats Perform announced Wednesday that EKU redshirt junior quarterback Parker McKinney has been named to the 2022 Walter Payton Award preseason watch list. EKU’s signal caller is one of 35 players on the initial list and one of three from the ASUN Conference to be recognized by the foundation. 

The Walter Payton Award is presented annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). A national panel of more than 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers, and other dignitaries vote on the award’s winner, based on players’ regular-season performances. Voting is conducted before the start of FCS playoffs.

An all-ASUN performer last season, McKinney set the single-season program record for completions (229) and became just the second player in program history to surpass 3,000 total yards of offense in a season (3,025). The Coalfield, Tenn., native completed 60.7 percent of his passes and tossed 18 touchdowns while rushing for 596 yards and six touchdowns. 

McKinney threw for 2,429 yards, good for third on EKU’s single-season passing list. He finished the season ranked 20th in the FCS in completions per game (20.8) and 25th in points responsible for (150).

The redshirt junior tied his career high with four touchdown passes and threw for 290 yards while adding 98 on the ground in EKU’s regular-season finale win over Jacksonville State. He passed for a season-high 338 yards against Sam Houston and threw for 273 yards and rushed for 100 against Stephen F. Austin. 

More players can join the watch list during the regular season, and a national media panel will select the winner following it.  First awarded in 1987, the Payton has watched past winners such as Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp and Trey Lance move on to the NFL. 

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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