Here is the official release courtesy of UA Media Relations:
The Doak Walker Award goes to the nation’s top running back
Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson (Pensacola, Fla.) is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2011 Doak Walker Award the SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors announced Friday.
The Doak Walker Award goes to the nation’s top running back. Richardson’s selection as a semifinalist is the fourth straight for an Alabama running. Glen Coffee (2008) and Mark Ingram (2009 & 2010) were also semifinalists. Ingram was a finalist in 2009.
Richardson has rushed for 1,078 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. He leads the SEC in rushing at 119.78 yards per game and ranks 10th nationally. He is second nationally in rushing touchdowns and just two shy of Shaun Alexander’s single-season record. Richardson has also caught 23 passes for 292 yards and a score. He ranks 13th nationally and first in the SEC with 159.6 all-purpose yards per game.
The members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast their votes to determine the 2011 finalists. On Monday, November 21, three finalists will be named live on ESPNU, and a second vote by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will determine the recipient. The 2011 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8, 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 College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
The semifinalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Montee Ball (Jr.) Wisconsin
Rex Burkhead (Jr.) Nebraska
Ronnie Hillman (Soph.) San Diego State
LaMichael James (Jr.) Oregon
Henry Josey (Soph.) Missouri
Sach Line (Jr.) SMU
Chris Polk (Jr.) Washington
Joseph Randle (Soph.) Oklahoma State
Trent Richardson (Jr.) Alabama
David Wilson (Jr.) Virginia Tech