UTEP's Buckram Represents C-USA on Doak Walker Watch List
Aug. 25, 2010
UTEP senior Donald Buckram represents Conference USA among the running backs listed as the preseason candidates named to the 2010 Doak Walker Award watch list as announced by the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum. The award, which is presented annually to the nation's top college running back, is in its 21st year of existence.
Buckram is the nation's second-leading returning rusher for the 2010 season behind Pittsburgh's Dion Lewis (138.4 ypg). Last year, he ran for 1,594 yards, an average of 132.8 per game, to break a UTEP single-season record that had stood for more than 60 years. Buckram had eight 100-yard games and three 200-yard games last season. He ranked third nationally in scoring (10.5 ppg), fourth in rushing yards per game and 11th in all-purpose yards per game (170.6), joining Stanford's Toby Gerhart as the only FBS players to rush for 200+ yards three times in 2009. Buckram has 2,082 career rushing yards, giving him a shot at surpassing John Harvey (3,576 yards) as UTEP's all-time leader.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists 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.
2010 DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATES 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.), North Texas 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. (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