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Big Sky’s “50 Greatest Moments” – No. 14 Archie Amerson Wins Walter Payton Award

OGDEN, Utah - Former Northern Arizona All-American running back Archie Amerson has been selected No. 14 on the Big Sky's "50 Greatest Moments" list for winning the Walter Payton Award during the 1996 season.

The Walter Payton Award began in 1987 and since then, only seven players from the Big Sky Conference have won the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy, six of them being quarterbacks. Amerson's 1996 season was a staple of success, and for his efforts, remains the only running back from the conference to win the award.

Amerson transferred to Northern Arizona in 1995 and had one of the best seasons in FCS history. During his award-winning 1996 season, Amerson rushed 333 times for a Big Sky single-season record 2,079 yards, and scored 25 touchdowns, which remains the most ever by a Big Sky running back in a season. Amerson averaged a national-best 189 yards per game, and 6.2 yards per carry. His 2,079 yards currently ranks fourth in a single season in FCS history.


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