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SIU Running Back a Finalist for Payton Award
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- A senior running back for Southern Illinois is one of three candidates for the Football Championship Subdivision's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

Deji Karim joins Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards and Elon wide receiver Terrrell Hudgins as the three finalists for the yearly Walter Payton Award.

Named last week as the Missouri Valley Football Conference's offensive player of the year, Karim led the FCS in rushing this year with 1,667 yards.

The winner of the Payton award will be announced December 17 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The 11-1, third-seeded Salukis host William and Mary on Saturday in the FCS's quarterfinals.

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