Samford QB wins top FCS offensive honor

Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges scores a touchdown against Shorter. (Source: Sheldon...
Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges scores a touchdown against Shorter. (Source: Sheldon Haygood/WBRC)((Source: Sheldon Haygood/WBRC))
Updated: Jan. 4, 2019 at 10:06 PM CST
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FRISCO, TX (WBRC) - There was no better FCS offensive player than Devlin Hodges in 2018.

The Samford quarterback was named the winner of the 2018 Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in FCS.

Hodges is the first Samford player to win the award. He topped North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick and Kennesaw State quarterback Chandler Burks.

Hodges led the nation in passing yards per game (398.4), total passing yards (4,238) and total offense per game (417.8). He also broke a number of records in 2018.

For the season, he set a Samford record in single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,238 yards. The record broken was also owned by Hodges.

For his career, Hodges set the record for all-time career passing yards, with 14,584. The previous record was held by Steve McNair of Alcorn State, who earned the 1994 Walter Payton Award. Hodges also set FCS records for career completions and attempts.

Hodges' career concludes with his holding 23 Samford records.

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