WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 11, 2011) - Having established himself as one of the nation's premier running backs during the past three seasons, William and Mary senior Jonathan Grimes has been selected to the 2011 Walter Payton Award Watch List. One of 20 players chosen for the preseason accolade, Grimes will vie for the Football Championship Subdivision's top individual honor, which will be presented at the national awards banquet on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.
A two-time Payton Award Watch List selection, Grimes enters his final campaign at the College as one of the program's most outstanding players. In just three seasons, the Palmyra, N.J., native has earned eight all-conference accolades, tying him with former New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos as the most decorated player in league history.
With 3,110 career rushing yards, Grimes enters the 2011 season ranked second among all active FCS players and needs just 635 more to eclipse the school record of 3,744 established by Derek Fitzgerald. Additionally, Grimes already owns the school record for career all-purpose yards with 5,445 - a total that leads all active FCS players and ranks ninth in league history.
In addition to being selected to the 2011 Payton Award Watch List, Grimes has also garnered preseason All-America distinction from Athlon and Lindy's.
Tribe football season tickets are now available for purchase by calling the W&M Ticket Office at 757-221-3340 or by visiting TribeAthletics.com. The Tribe will open the 2011 season at Virginia on Sept. 3.