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Walker and Lott Semifinalists Announced
Photo – DE Eric Norwood - South Carolina
Jacquizz Rogers Earns Walker Nominee
Oregon St University athlete Jacquizz Rodgers has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 20th annual Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Rodgers was also named to the 16-player Maxwell Award (top overall player) semifinalist list last week.
The sophomore running back from Richmond, Texas is tied for second in the nation for touchdowns scored with 16 and is third in the Pac-10 Conf for rushing at 109.9 yards per game.
The 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year (first freshman ever) is already fifth at OSU for career rushing yards with 2,242 in just 20 games. He has been named the Pac-10’s Offensive Player of the Week four times during his brief OSU stint, including after a career-high 189-yard four-touchdown performance against Stanford earlier this season.
Doak Walker Semifinalists
Donald Buckram (Jr., UTEP)
Jonathan Dwyer (Jr., Georgia Tech)
Toby Gerhart (Sr., Stanford)
Mark Ingram (So., Alabama)
Dion Lewis Freshman Pittsburgh
Ryan Mathews (Jr., Fresno St)
Jacquizz Rodgers (So., Oregon St)
C.J. Spiller (Sr., Clemson)
Ben Tate (Sr., Auburn)
Ryan Williams (Redshirt-Fr., Virginia Tech)
The winner of the Doak Walker Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show Dec 10, 2009.
Lott Trophy Semifinalists
DE Sam Acho (Texas)
Safety Eric Berry (Tennessee)
DE Jerry Hughes TCU
Safety Taylor Mays (USC)
LB Rolando McClain (Alabama)
DT Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma)
DE Eric Norwood (South Carolina)
DT Ndaumkong Suh (Nebraska)
Frank Coyle is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc.