Maysonet, Priore finalists for national awards

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Nov. 20, 2012

Philadelphia, Pa. - Stony Brook senior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) and coach Chuck Priore have been named finalists for the Walter Payton and Eddie Robinson Awards, the Sports Network announced on Monday. The winners will be announced at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia on December 17.

After an outstanding junior season, Maysonet is in the midst of an even better senior year. He has an FCS-best 1,721 rushing yards for an average of 156.45 per game. Maysonet, who broke his own Big South single-season record for yards, became the conference and Stony Brook all-time leading rusher with 88 yards against Charleston Southern. His 51 touchdowns also is a Big South record.

Maysonet has two games with 200 yards or more, including a career-high 233 yards at Coastal Carolina. In 35 games as Seawolf, Maysonet has 4,482 yards. When factoring in his 385 yards at Hofstra as a freshman, he's 133 yards shy of 5,000.

The Payton Award, which goes to the outstanding player in FCS, is in honor of the former Jackson State and Chicago Bears standout who's ranked as the No. 5 NFL player of all-time by NFL.com.

In his seventh season, Priore has led the Seawolves to back-to-back, nine-win seasons and a fourth straight conference championship. Making its second straight appearance in the Division I Football Championship, Stony Brook earned one of 10 at-large bids, becoming the second Big South school to do so. Of the nine victories, the Seawolves recorded a 23-3 win over Army for its first-ever FBS win, and two wins over playoff teams (Colgate and Coastal Carolina).

The Eddie Robinson Award is in honor of the former Grambling coach who coached the Tigers for 57 years, winning 408 games.