OSU, OU backs on award watch list
BY Staff reports
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
8/05/09 at 5:44 AM
Oklahoma State junior running back Kendall Hunter, last year's Big 12 rushing champion, and Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown are included on the Doak Walker Award watch list released on Tuesday.
The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the top running back in college football. Last season, Hunter rushed for 1,555 yards and 16 touchdowns. For his career, he has averaged 6.5 yards per carry.
Brown was OU's rushing leader last season, totaling 1,220 yards and 20 touchdowns. Murray ran for 1,038 yards and 14 TDs.
Doak Walker Award semifinalists are announced on Nov. 11, while finalists are identified on Nov. 23. The award recipient is announced on Dec. 10, during "The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards" show.
College football awards preseason watch lists
Monday: Davey O'Brien Award (QB — Sam Bradford, OU; Zac Robinson, OSU)
Tuesday: Doak Walker Award (RB — Chris Brown, DeMarco Murray, OU; Kendall Hunter, OSU)
Wednesday: Ray Guy Award (punter)
Thursday: Jim Thorpe Award (DB)
Friday: Walter Camp Award (overall player)
Aug. 10: Fred Biletnikoff Award (WR)
Aug. 11: Outland Trophy (interior lineman)
Aug. 12: Lou Groza Award (kicker)
Aug. 13: Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player)
Aug. 14: Robert Maxwell Award (all-around player)
Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray runs the ball against Texas A&M during their football game Nov. 8, 2008. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World