Usher named to award watch list

sports@macon.comJune 16, 2014 

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Mercer running back Payton Usher (25) races down the field for a long touchdown during last week’s game against Carnegie Mellon.

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Mercer running back Payton Usher is one of 38 players named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Running Back Watch List, as announced by the organization on Monday morning.

Usher rushed for 776 yards on 6.8 yards per carry in just nine games in 2013, topping the team with 86.2 yards per contest in the process. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark four times during his redshirt freshman season, highlighted by a season-best 154-yard effort on 12 carries in the Bears’ 43-0 victory over Berry.

Usher is the second Bear to earn the distinction this year, after teammate John Russ was named to the 2014 CFPA Quarterback Watch List last week. The two helped Mercer become just one of 17 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision programs to have a player on both the quarterback and running back watch lists.

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