JU kicks off Rudell Small’s campaign for the Walter Payton Award
On Wednesday, officially launched Rudell Small’s campaign for the Walter Payton Award – the Football Championship Subdivision version of the Heisman Trophy.

In three seasons at JU, Small has rewritten the record book for the Dolphins, become the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards while posting the first back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in program history.

With those dizzying numbers, Small has been a two-time first team all-Pioneer Football League selection and was named one of the top 10 running backs in the country by The Sports Network.

“I believe that Rudell is one of the best running backs in the country,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Everything we do on offense starts with Rudell. He sets the tone for our offense with his physical play.”

Small has been a big part of the Dolphins surge into a rising power in the Southeast. He rushed for more than 1,300 yards as a sophomore, becoming a driving force in JU’s run to the Pioneer Football League title.

As a junior, Small rushed for 1,074 yards for his second straight 1,000-yard season and became the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards.

With that record broken, he enters his final year ranked fourth nationally among active running backs with 2,928 career yards. His 31 career touchdowns are third among active rushers, setting the school record with 13 in his sophomore season.

To aid in his efforts for the award, has created a webpage dedicated to Small by highlighting his career accomplishments. The page has video highlights, his career biography as well as a load of career stats. Click here to view the webpage.