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Jacquizz Rodgers Named as Semifinalist for Doak Walker AwardSalem-News.com Sports
(DALLAS, Texas) - Oregon State tailback Jacquizz Rodgers has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back by the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors.
The junior tailback from Richmond, Texas, is second in the Pac-10 and 18th nationally in rushing at 100 yards per game. Rodgers has also been a prolific scorer in 2010 with 15 touchdowns scored, which has him ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring and fourth in the nation. In addition, he threw a touchdown against California two weeks ago.
Rodgers is joined on the semifinalist list by seniors Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State, DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma, Bilal Powell of Louisville, Vai Taua of Nevada, and Daniel Thomas of Kansas State, juniors John Clay of Wisconsin and Mark Ingram of Alabama and sophomores LaMichael James of Oregon and Ed Wesley of TCU.
Rodgers, who was also a semifinalist during his freshman campaign of 2008, is attempting to become the third player in Pac-10 history to earn the Doak Walker Award, joining Reggie Bush of USC in 2005 and Greg Lewis of Washington in 1990.
Three finalists will be determined via a vote of the 175 Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee and will be announced Monday, November 22 live on ESPNU. A second vote by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will determine the recipient. The winner will be announced live on the The Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday, December 9 on ESPN.
The Award is named after three-time SMU All-America running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Walker, who also punted, returned kicks and kicked extra points, led the Mustangs to two Southwest Conference Championships. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and led the league in scoring his rookie year. During his six years with the Lions, he led the team to two NFL championships and was chosen All-Pro four times. Walker is a member of both the Colege and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Oregon State enters Saturday’s contest at Reser Stadium against Washington State with a 4-4 overall record and 3-2 in the Pac-10. Saturday’s game will air live beginning at 1 p.m. on FSN NW. Reserved seats are sold out for the Dad’s Weekend game, but a limited number of Club seats remain. Fans can purchase tickets at osubeavers.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or visiting the Gill Coliseum ticket office in room 107.
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