QB R.J. TOMAN NAMED TO SPORTS NETWORK WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Junior quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viego, Calif.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was recently announced by The Sports Network as one of 20 players named to this year’s Walter Payton Award Watch List.

Toman, who was recently named the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, became the starting quarterback for New Hampshire in 2008, replacing 2006 Payton Award winner Ricky Santos, and threw for 3,110 yards and 28 touchdowns, while completing 65% of his passes. Toman was also a threat on the ground, with 219 yards rushing and six scores. He helped lead UNH to a CAA North Division Title and the NCAA playoffs, and was rewarded with second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for his efforts. He finished the 2008 campaign ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency and 17th in total offense with 256 yards-per-game. Toman passed for a career-high 309 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-43 win at Rhode Island. In 2007, in his only game as a starter, Toman completed 15-of-19 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, one coming on the ground. He also came off the bench for an injured Santos and keyed a 35-30 victory over Delaware with 98 yards and two touchdown passes. Despite his limited opportunities, Toman piled up 310 passing yards and four touchdown passes before the 2008 season.

Toman and the rest of the Wildcats will be available to the media for interviews and pictures on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Cowell Stadium as they begin their fall practice period. The season begins at home on Sat., Sept. 5 when the Wildcats entertain St. Francis. Game time is 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium and tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com.

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