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    Leshoure Named to Doak Walker Award List
    Illinois junior Mikel Leshoure was named a candidate for the 2010 Doak Walker Award on Wednesday.

    Illinois junior Mikel Leshoure was named a candidate for the 2010 Doak Walker Award on Wednesday.

    Aug. 25, 2010

    DALLAS, Texas - The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum announced Wednesday the candidates for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, the award that is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Illinois junior Mikel Leshoure was one of five Big Ten running backs named to the award's candidate list.

    Leshoure averaged 6.8 yards per carry in 2009, best among BCS conference running backs with at least 100 carries. He rushed for 734 yards and five touchdowns on 108 carries, while catching 14 passes for 177 yards and two scores. He led Illinois in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards, and finished strong with 571 rushing yards and a 7.2 ypc average in his final six games of the year.

    Nominations for the Doak Walker Award will be accepted through October. Semifinalists will be selected on November 10 and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 22. The Committee will cast a second vote beginning on November 29 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 2010 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Thursday, December 9. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, in February 2011.

    The award, in its 21st year, is named for SMU's three-time All-American 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.

    Anthony Allen (Sr.), Georgia Tech
    Armando Allen (Sr.), Notre Dame
    Victor Anderson (Jr.), Louisville
    Jeremy Avery (Sr.), Boise State
    Baron Batch (Sr.), Texas Tech
    Donald Buckram (Sr.), UTEP
    John Clay (Jr.), Wisconsin
    Lennon Creer (Jr.), Louisiana Tech
    Jeff Demps (Jr.), Florida
    Noel Devine (Sr.), West Virginia
    Lance Dunbar (Jr.), UNT
    Darren Evans (Jr.), Virginia Tech
    Mario Fannin (Sr.), Auburn
    Jay Finley (Sr.), Baylor
    Frank Goodin (Sr.), Louisiana Monroe
    Cyrus Gray (Jr.), Texas A&M
    Montel Harris (Jr.), Boston College
    Dan Herron (Jr.), Ohio State
    Kendall Hunter (Sr.), Oklahoma State
    Mark Ingram (Jr.), Alabama
    Eugene Jarvis (Sr.), Kent State
    Dennis Johnson (Jr.), Arkansas
    Mikel Leshoure (Jr.), Illinois
    Dion Lewis (So.), Pittsburgh
    MiQuale Lewis (Sr.), Ball State
    Derrick Locke (Sr.), Kentucky
    Christine Michael (So.), Texas A&M
    Alfred Morris (Jr.), Florida Atlantic
    Richard Murphy (Sr.), LSU
    Vince Murray (Sr.), Navy
    DeMarco Murray (Sr.), Oklahoma
    Bernard Pierce (So.), Temple
    Bilal Powell (Sr.), Louisville
    Alexander Robinson (Sr.), Iowa State
    Jacquizz Rodgers (Jr.), Oregon State
    Evan Royster (Sr.), Penn State
    Brandon Saine (Sr.), Ohio State
    Da'Rel Scott (Sr.), Maryland
    Chad Spann (Sr.), Northern Illinois
    Rodney Stewart (Jr.), Colorado
    Phillip Tanner (Sr.), Middle Tennessee
    Vai Taua (Sr.), Nevada
    Daniel Thomas (Sr.), Kansas State
    Jordan Todman (Jr.), Connecticut
    Matthew Tucker (So.), TCU
    Derrick Washington (Sr.), Missouri
    Ed Wesley (So.), TCU
    Eddie Wide (Sr.), Utah
    Ryan Williams (So.), Virginia Tech

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