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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mario Fannin on Doak Walker Award watch list

Senior running back Mario Fannin was one of six SEC players named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back.

Fannin, Auburn's starting running back entering the season, ran for 296 yards on 34 carries last year, serving as the team's H-back for most of the year before emerging as Ben Tate's primary backup the final few games. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry.

He was also second on the team with 42 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Fannin could reach 1,000 career yards in rushing, receiving and returns this year. He enters the season with 971 career rushing yards, 812 receiving yards and 944 return yards.

Other SEC candidates for the award include Alabama's Mark Ingram, Florida's Jeff Demps, Arkansas' Dennis Johnson, Kentucky's Derrick Locke and LSU's Richard Murphy.

There are 49 total candidates on the list. Some notables include Wisconsin's John Clay, West Virginia's Noel Devine, Pittsburgh's Dion Lewis, Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers and Virginia Techs' Ryan Williams.

The winner will be announced Dec. 9.


WDEwg said...

How many years has Jaquizz been at Oregon State now, like 7?

Andy Bitter said...

Amazingly, he's only a junior.

Tar Heel Tiger said...

My "watch" vote goes to Dion Lewis.

Oh darn, I don't get to vote.

Anonymous said...

Can a player who is not on the watch list still win the award?

Andy Bitter said...

Yes. You can be added during the first couple weeks, I believe, which makes you wonder why they come up with this list in the first place.

Anonymous said...

exactly! (thanks for the quick answer)

AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Well if MF gets his touches, running and receiving he could be one of the best backs in the country. This offense must shine, as I suppect it will, to do so for him.

Clara said...

Everything will be alright in the end
At the end , if it isn't alright,
Then it isn't the end