To win the 2016 Walter Payton Award as the Football Championship Subdivision's most outstanding offensive player, Briscoe had to beat out Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp, a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams and one of the top performers in FCS/Division IAA history. The SHSU quarterback with a thick build and strong arm was a first-team Associated Press FCS All-American as a junior, completing 315 of 503 passes (62.6 percent) for 4,602 yards and FCS-record 57 touchdowns (against 10 interceptions) in the team's shotgun-spread system. Briscoe was a finalist for the award again in 2017, leading his team to a 13-1 record and appearance in the FCS semi-finals. He was a second-team FCS All-American and second-team All-Southland Conference pick as a 14-game starter in 2017, completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 5,003 yards and 45 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. Briscoe started his career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where his lead recruiter, Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, headed after the Razorbacks fell under NCAA sanctions. He was also an excellent pitcher, so he suited up for the Blazers baseball team -- until his shoulder gave way in spring 2013. Briscoe redshirted that fall but decided he would stay on the quarterback path. In 2014, he played in six games as a backup for UAB (361 yards, three touchdowns). Then the college's football program was dissolved, leading him to transfer closer to his hometown of Houston, choosing the Bearkats over Florida and many others recruiting for his services. In his first year at Sam Houston, Briscoe started two of 14 games played (54.9 completion percentage, 1,883 yards, 14 touchdowns, five interceptions), splitting time with the athletic Jared Johnson. Briscoe was a heralded recruit out of Stratford high school, as was coached by Eliot Allen, who had coached Stanford and Indianapolis passer Andrew Luck.