Troy Andersen, who begins the 2019 season with a definite but undefined role in the Bobcat offense, landed on the initial 2019 FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List on Wednesday for the nation’s top offensive player.

Andersen earned first-team all-Big Sky honors at quarterback in 2018 and was named to the preseason all-Big Sky team as a fullback.

The Payton Award Watch List calls Andersen’s position athlete, which MSU head coach Jeff Choate says is appropriate.

“I’ve talked about this,” Choate said, “but we have to open our minds to not putting Troy in a box. We’re going to use him (on offense) in ways that he’ll be able to positively impact any given game the most. He could line up at running back, he’ll take some snaps, he may play with Isaiah (Ifanse) in two-back sets, he may line up at tight end, he may split out as a receiver.”

A 6-foot-4, 228-pound junior from Dillon, Andersen also opens 2019 as the projected starting strong-side linebacker. He rushed for 1,412 yards and threw for 1,195 last season, and his 21 rushing touchdowns in 2018 set an MSU single-season record. His 1,927 rushing yards ranks him 12th in Bobcat history. He is one of five Big Sky selections on the 25-player list.

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