Aug. 4, 2009
DALLAS--Arizona junior running back Nic Grigsby is among national stars named today by The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum as candidates for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate running back.
The field of candidates includes the nation's leading returning rusher, MiQuale Lewis from Ball State. Other candidates include Pac-10 players Jahvid Best of California, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, Toby Gerhart of Stanford and LeGarrette Blount of Oregon.
Arizona might have faced the 2008 winner this season, Shonn Green of Iowa, but he departed a year early to enter the NFL ranks. Other recent winners include Darren McFadden of Arkansas in 2007 and 2006, and Reggie Bush of USC in 2005.
Grigsby, an honorable mention all-Pac-10 back as a sophomore, rushed for 1,153 yards and 13 touchdowns a year ago. He started all 13 games but did share some spotlight with freshman Keola Antolin, who added 525 yards and 10 scores from the same position.
The award, established in 1990, is given to a player who not only makes exemplary contributions from the running back position, but also is on degree track and possessing characteristics of sportsmanship and fair play, traits associated with the former Southern Methodist star for which the honor is named. A panel of writers, television broadcasters, radio sports personalities and former All-America and NFL All-Pro players makes the selection.
Preseason Doak Walker Award Candidates:
Armando Allen (Jr.), Notre Dame André Anderson (Sr.), Tulane Reggie Arnold (Sr.), Arkansas State Baron Batch (Jr.), Texas Tech Jahvid Best (Jr.), California, Berkeley LeGarrette Blount (Sr.), Oregon Chris Brown (Sr.), Oklahoma Donald Buckram (Jr.), UTEP John Clay (So.), Wisconsin DaJuane Collins (Sr.), Toledo Jeff Demps (So.), Florida Noel Devine (Jr.), West Virginia Andre Dixon (Sr.), Connecticut Shaun Draughn (Jr.), North Carolina Jonathan Dwyer (Jr.), Georgia Tech Jamelle Eugene (Sr.), North Carolina State Darren Evans (So.), Virginia Tech Damion Fletcher (Sr.), Southern Mississippi Toby Gerhart (Sr.), Stanford Cyrus Gray (So.), Texas A&M Nicolas (Nic) Grigsby (Jr.), Arizona DuJuan Harris (Jr.), Troy Roy Helu, Jr. (Jr.), Nebraska Dan Herron (So.), Ohio State Kendall Hunter (Jr.), Oklahoma State Mark Ingram (So.), Alabama Eugene Jarvis (Sr.), Kent State MiQuale Lewis (Sr.), Ball State Darius Marshall (Jr.), Marshall Brandon Minor (Sr.), Michigan DeMarco Murray (Jr.), Oklahoma Daniel Porter (Sr.), Louisiana Tech Jacquizz Rodgers (So.), Oregon State Charles Scott (Sr.), LSU Da'Rel Scott (Jr.), Maryland Jake Sharp (Sr.), Kansas >Michael Smith (Sr.), Arkansas C.J. Spiller (Sr.), Clemson James Starks (Sr.), Buffalo Curtis Steele (Sr.), Memphis Phillip Tanner (Sr.), Middle Tennessee State Vai Taua (Jr.), Nevada Jordan Todman (So.), Connecticut Joseph Turner (Sr.), TCU Brandon West (Sr.), Western Michigan