NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk State quarterback Juwan Carter was named Wednesday to the preseason watch list for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the national offensive player of the year in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The preseason watch list is composed of 35 players and can be revised during the season. The Payton Award, given by Stats Perform, is presented prior to the FCS national championship game in January.

Carter, a senior entering his fourth year as the Spartans’ starter, is one of 15 quarterbacks on the initial list. Last week, Carter was named the preseason MEAC offensive Player of the Year. A 2019 All-MEAC second-team pick, led the conference that year with 2,632 passing yards, 2,856 yards of total offense and a 60.6 completion percentage. His 23 touchdowns were the most by a Spartan quarterback in the Division I era and he added six rushing touchdowns, as well.

A three-time MEAC Offensive Player of the Week as a junior, Carter recorded three 300-yard passing games in 2019. He threw at least one touchdown pass in all 11 games that he completed.

Carter is the only MEAC player to make the initial Payton Award watch list. Quarterback Cole Kelley of Southeastern Louisiana won the award last year and is also on the preseason watch list. Other past winners include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance.

— Norfolk State University athletics


GREENVILLE — The East Carolina University Department of Athletics is excited to welcome fans back inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this fall as individual game tickets for all six regular season games will go on sale to Pirate Club members Wednesday, August 4 beginning at 9 a.m. (ET). Tickets for the general public will be available August 18.

Season tickets for all home games are available with packages starting as low as $99.

All non-premium tickets for the home-opener against South Carolina on Sept. 11 are priced at $65. Tickets for the Charleston Southern matchup on Sept. 25 range from $20 to $40 depending on location, while home American Athletic Conference matchups against Tulane (Oct. 2), USF (Oct. 28) and Cincinnati (Nov. 26 or Nov. 27) are priced at $35 to $55.

Pirate fans can also buy tickets to five of ECU’s six road games. Tickets for the season-opener against Appalachian State at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte can be purchased here.

Purchases can be made by calling the ECU Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500, through the Online Ticket Center, or by visiting its Minges Coliseum Box Office location.

— East Carolina University athletics