Payton Award winner gets Chiefs camp invite

Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State’s outstanding placekicker and punter, has been invited to the Kansas City Chiefs’ minicamp. A 2012 Walter Payton Achievement Award winner -- presented annually to a player from each school participating in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney -- Wenzig was presented with the honor along with Arlen McCray-Nibbs from Bethune-Cookman University.

The Chiefs’ camp will be held at the end of the month. Wenzig, a graduating senior, had a solid career with the Hornets. He transferred to Alabama State from Arizona State and became a two-time All-America selection and a three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference standout.

Wenzig, who took care of the Hornets’ kickoff, field goal and PAT responsibilities, completed his career averaging 43 yards a punt. He had the ability to land his punts in key positions; 68 of his 208 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He connected on 35 field goals and 69 PATs during his three seasons. Wenzig finished his career with 204 points, becoming just the fourth Alabama State player to score more than 200 points during his playing days.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge game will be played on Aug. 31 on ESPN from Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando. Both schools -- North Carolina A&T State (of the MEAC) and Alabama A&M (SWAC) -- will be making debuts in the annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) game.