Nov. 23, 2005
DALLAS, Texas -- - The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum today announced Jerome Harrison of Washington State, Reggie Bush of USC and DeAngelo Williams of Memphis as the three finalists for the 2005 Doak Walker Award.
The recipient of the 2005 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards at 7 p.m. (EST) Thursday, December 8. The award will be presented at the 2005 Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet in Dallas on Monday, February 27, 2006.
Harrison, a senior from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has rushed for 1,900 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He leads the nation in total rushing yards and ranks second nationally in rushing yards per game and all-purpose yards per game. Harrison has run for at least 100 yards in a Pac-10 record 14 consecutive games.
Among his other accomplishments in being the first Cougar to make the Doak Walker Award finalist list:
National leader with 1,900 rushing yards (D. Williams, Memphis, would have to have 301 yards against Marshall Saturday to catch him)
One of 10 players under consideration for Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year
Ranked second nationally with 172.7 rushing yards per game (D. Williams, Memphis, needs 129 yards next Saturday to maintain his lead in per-game average
Ranks second nationally with 192.1 all-purpose yards
Pac-10 record holder with 14 consecutive 100-yard games, averaging 172.5 ypg in those 14 games
WSU single-season record holder, breaking 20-year record of All-American Rueben Mayes
Four 200-yard games in 2005, five in his brief WSU career, both WSU records
Fifth on the WSU career rushing list despite playing just two seasons
Fifth-best single-season total in history of Pac-10
2005 total of 1900 yards ranks 20th on the all-time NCAA single-season list
WSU record 16 rushing touchdowns, which ranks 16th in Pac-10 history and is a WSU record
Holds a 50-yard per game lead on nearest Pac-10 running back
Just the third running back to gain over 100 yards against USC in last 42 games (at time of game)
Ties WSU record (Steve Broussard) with 17 total touchdowns in a season (16 rushing, 1 receiving)
Harrison is the third WSU player to be invited to the ESPN College Football Awards program. Rien Long made the trip and won the Outland Trophy in 2002, while Ryan Leaf joined the elite players at the 1997 program and went on to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Bush, a junior from Spring Valley, California, has rushed for 1,398 yards and accounted for 16 touchdowns this season. He leads the nation averaging 213 all-purpose yards per game and 8.6 yards per carry, and ranks third in the country in total rushing yards. Bush holds the Pac-10 record for all-purpose yards in a game with 513.
Williams, a senior from Wynne, Arkansas, has rushed for 1,599 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He leads the nation averaging 178 rushing yards per game, and ranks second in total rushing yards. Williams is the NCAA Division IA record holder in career all-purpose yards with 7,210 and ranks fourth all-time in career rushing yards with 5,661.
In addition to outstanding performance on the field, candidates for the Doak Walker Award must have demonstrated records of leadership and exhibited the characteristics of sportsmanship and fair play associated with Doak Walker.
The National Selection Committee had the difficult task of narrowing this year's tremendous field of running backs down to these three deserving finalists," said Chris Rentzel, chair of the Athletic Forum Board of Directors. "We would be honored to have any of these exceptional running backs receive the Award."
Jim Swink, former TCU star running back, was named the recipient of the 2005 PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award, which was created to honor former running backs who excelled at the collegiate level and also distinguished themselves as leaders in their communities. Swink also will be honored at the banquet.