James leads Doak Walker field
Nation’s leading rusher in 2010 back atop contenders list
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Preseason candidates for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college running back, were announced and include a field of 51 candidates. Highlighting the list is 2010 Doak Walker Award winner LaMichael James.
James led the nation in rushing and scoring last season at Oregon. He ran for 1,731 yards and 21 touchdowns. Also on the list after being a semifinalist for the award last season is TCU's Ed Wesley, who rushed for 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore last year.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on Nov. 11, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 21. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on Nov. 28 to determine the recipient. The national selection committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2011 Doak Walker Award will be announced at the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8 on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas in February.
In its 22nd year, the award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.
|Alvester Alexander||Wyoming||LaMichael James||Oregon|
|Victor Anderson||Louisville||Marcus Lattimore||South Carolina|
|Keola Antolin||Arizona||Zach Line||SMU|
|Edwin Baker||Michigan State||Doug Martin||Boise State|
|Montee Ball||Wisconsin||Sam McGuffie||Rice|
|Vick Ballard||Mississippi State||Davin Meggett||Maryland|
|Bryce Beall||Houston||Christine Michael||Texas A&M|
|Duane Bennett||Minnesota||Lamar Miller||Miami (Fla.)|
|Brandon Bolden||Ole Miss||Alfred Morris||Florida Atlantic|
|Rex Burkhead||Nebraska||Isaiah Pead||Cincinnati|
|Asher Clark||Air Force||Chris Polk||Washington|
|Marcus Coker||Iowa||Tauren Poole||Tennessee|
|Lennon Creer||Louisiana Tech||Bobby Rainey||Western Kentucky|
|Orleans Darkwa||Tulane||Trent Richardson||Alabama|
|Knile Davis||Arkansas||Pat Shed||UAB|
|Jeff Demps||Florida||Rodney Stewart||Colorado|
|JJ Di Luigi||BYU||Stepfan Taylor||Stanford|
|Lance Dunbar||North Texas||Alexander Teich||Navy|
|Michael Dyer||Auburn||Adonis Thomas||Toledo|
|Andre Ellington||Clemson||Matthew Tucker||TCU|
|Jason Ford||Illinois||Robert Turbin||Utah State|
|Johnathan Franklin||UCLA||Ed Wesley||TCU|
|Ray Graham||Pittsburgh||James White||Wisconsin|
|Cyrus Gray||Texas A&M||David Wilson||Virginia Tech|
|Montel Harris||Boston College||Cierre Wood||Notre Dame|
|Ronnie Hillman||San Diego State|