NCAA Football News: Lehigh Mountain Hawks Troy Pelletier Nominated For An Important Award
Lehigh Mountain Hawks wide receiver Troy Pelletier was finally given the spotlight. He has been playing for the team since 2014 and it is high time that he gets the attention that he deserved. He has been named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.
The Walter Payton Award is given yearly to a player who possesses outstanding offensive plays in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision of college football which is picked by a list of a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors.
According to Union Leader, he completed the regular season with 88 receptions for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 1,140 receiving yards rank seventh among FCS players. He was named to the Patriot League's First Team on Tuesday.
When Pelletier received the news, he was ecstatic saying, "Pretty cool to be on the list, but it's a tough award to win. Probably even harder at my position."
The young lad remained humble despite his achievements. Even if the odds were against him, their team made a big impression during Saturday's FCS playoff game at UNH.
He further said, "A bunch of my friends go to UNH, and I know a few guys on the team. Trevor (UNH quarterback Trevor Knight) and I have been talking all season. We texted each other as soon as we found out about the matchup. I know (offensive lineman) Jake Kennedy, and of course Lauderdale (offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale)."
"Being from Deerfield I'll have a lot of friends and family at the game Saturday," he added. It can be recalled that Pelletier can play both basketball and football but opted to play the latter during his post-graduate year.
Central coach Ryan Ray said, "He was big, strong, physical (in high school). Ran good routes. Hard-worker. If there was anything keeping him from getting offers coming out of Central maybe it was his speed." The future is looking bright for a hardworking athlete such as Pelletier.
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