12/17/12 9:44pm
12/17/2012 9:44 PM

SBU ATHLETICS | Stony Brook University started a Maysonet 4 Payton website to promote Miguel Maysonet in his quest to win the Walter Payton Award as the top football player in the FCS.

Following a historic season as running back for Stony Brook University, Miguel Maysonet finished just short in the voting for the Walter Payton Award as the top college football player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke was honored with the prestigious award at a ceremony in Philadelphia Monday night. Maysonet joined fellow finalist Eric Breitenstein of Wofford for the ceremony as the 26th annual award was presented. Maysonet finished second in the voting and received 13 first-place votes, according to Stony Brook’s athletic department.

Heinicke was the ninth straight quarterback to win the award. He threw for 5,076 yards this season and accounted for 55 touchdowns (44 passing, 11 rushing).

The back page of the News-Review after Maysonet won the Hansen Award as a high school senior in 2008.

Maysonet, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound senior, rushed for 1,964 yards — tops in the Football Championship Subdivision. He scored 23 touchdowns to join former Stony Brook running back Brock Jackolski as the only players in Big South history with a 20-touchdown season.

His rushing total was the 11th most yards in a season in FCS history. He rushed for 100-plus yards in six games and 200-plus three times.

Maysonet tallied a bevy of postseason awards. He was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He also won the team’s Ernest Owusu Offensive MVP award.

He was selected to the Associated Press, Sports Network and American Football Coaches Association All-America teams.

Stony Brook launched a website to help promote Maysonet’s accolades this season, http://maysonet4payton.com.

Maysonet helped lead the Seawolves to a 10-3 season that ended in the second round of the FCS playoffs against Montana State. The Seawolves won their playoff opener at home against Villanova in a game Maysonet scored two touchdowns.

Maysonet graduated from Riverhead in 2009 after a senior season in which he ran for 2,328 yards while scoring 33 touchdowns.

joew@timesreview.com

11/28/12 2:09pm
11/28/2012 2:09 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet rushed for two touchdowns last weekend against Villanova.

The accolades for Miguel Maysonet continued to pour in Wednesday when he was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. The other finalists include Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke and Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein. The finalists had originally been narrowed down to 20 players earlier this month.

Maysonet, a 2009 Riverhead graduate, will attend a ceremony in Philadelphia Dec. 17 where the winner will be announced along with several other major awards from the college football season. The Walter Payton Award is considered the Heisman Trophy of the FCS.

Maysonet leads Stony Brook University against Montana State Saturday night in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The Seawolves won 20-10 last weekend against Villanova.

Maysonet was already honored as the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

joew@timesreview.com

07/12/12 4:00pm
07/12/2012 4:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet is Stony Brook’s all-time leader in career touchdowns heading into his senior year.

Former standout Riverhead football player Miguel Maysonet was named to the Walter Payton Award watch list, the Sports Network, presenters of the award, announced today.

The award is given annually to the most outstanding college football player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Twenty players were nominated for the preseason watch list.

Maysonet, who began his college career at Hofstra for one season before the program was cancelled, is coming off a banner year at Stony Brook University. The Big South Offensive Player of the Year, he rushed for a conference record 1,633 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in his junior season. He became the school’s all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns with 27.

His 2,761 yards is fifth all-time in conference history and he’s 873 yards away from record held by Jacksonville Jaguar running back Rashad Jennings.

Maysonet helped lead the Seawolves into the Division I Football Championship playoffs where they eventually fell to top-seeded Sam Houston State, 34-27. It was the best season in school history for Stony Brook, which finished 9-4. Stony Brook hosted a first-round playoff game against Albany and won a thrilling comeback victory 31-28.

At Riverhead Maysonet won the 2008 Hansen Award as the top player in Suffolk County. Behind his dominant running game, the Blue Waves blew away every opponent en route to an undefeated season that ended with a Long Island Chamionship. The Blue Waves also won the Rutgers Trophy as the top team in Suffolk County.

Stony Brook begins the 2012 season Sept. 1 at home against Central Connecticut.

The Walter Payton Award has been given out since 1987. No Stony Brook player has ever won it. Bo Levi Mitchell, a quarterback from Eastern Washington, won the award last year.

joew@timesreview.com