College Sports

Sacramento State receiver DeAndre Carter is Walter Payton Award finalist

Sacramento State senior wide receiver DeAndre Carter is a finalist for the Walton Payton Award, presented annually to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

With one game to play, Carter holds Sac State season records with 90 receptions and 16 receiving touchdowns.

He enters Saturday’s 61st Causeway Classic at UC Davis with 1,200 yards, needing 79 to break the school’s season record. He is the FCS national leader in receiving yards and touchdown catches.

Last week, Carter was named the FCS Offensive Player of the Week after catching 16 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns against Southern Utah. His receptions and yardage total were the most in Hornets history.

On Monday, Carter was named the Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his 65-yardpunt return for the decisive touchdown in the Hornets’ 48-41 victory over Portland State.

Carter is one of three wide receivers among the 25 Walter Payton Award nominees. The San Jose native is the first Sac State player to make the ballot since wide receiver Fred Amey in 2004.

Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.