PHILADELPHIA--Redshirt freshman quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass) of the University of New Hampshire football team was once again listed as one of the top 16 candidates to win the Walter Payton Award. The second update of the list was released today by The Sports Network.
Nationally, Santos is ranked 10th in all of I-AA football in total offense and eighth in passing efficiency (148.79).
Santos, a four-time Atlantic 10 Rookie and two-time Offensive Player of the Week selection for the conference, has completed a league-high 64.4 percent of his passes (177-of-275) for 2,145 yards and a league-best 20 touchdowns.
Santos has broken numerous UNH season records and is presently just four touchdown passes away from breaking the all-time mark for passing touchdowns in a season. The record is held by Matt Griffin, who passed for 23 touchdowns in 1991.
New Hampshire (6-2) is ranked eighth in the latest Sports Network top 25 poll, its program-record fifth week in the top 10 this season. The Bellingham, MA native is vying to become the first-ever freshman to win the Walter Payton Award, now in its 18th year of existence.
The final list for the award will be announced on Nov. 22.
Santos returns to action this coming Saturday (Nov. 6) at Rhode Island. Game time is 12 p.m. in Kingston, R.I.