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2010 Doak Walker finalists announced

Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 7:06 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here are your three finalists for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back:

  • John Clay, Wisconsin: 172 carries, 929 yards, 13 TDs
  • Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State: 248 carries, 1461 yards, 16 TDs
  • LaMichael James, Oregon: 225 carries, 1422 yards, 17 TDs

This process seems to be little more than a formality, as James is currently the nation's top yards-per-game rusher leading the nation's top-scoring offense on the nation's top-ranked team. If he doesn't win this award, there should be an immediate federal investigation. I am only mostly kidding.

The big question, of course, is what in the world is Clay doing on this list? Yes, he has missed two games, so his overall totals are going to be a bit underwhelming. But even taking that into account, Clay is only 19th in the nation (17th among running backs) in rushing yards per game; he's outperformed by Marcus Lattimore, Mikel LeShoure, and many other tailbacks. Clay's barely even the most productive running back on his own team; freshman teammate James White has 34 fewer yards on 44 fewer carries, and just as many rushing touchdowns. And teammate Montee Ball is currently outperforming both of them; in the three November games played thus far, Ball has rushed for 467 yards and nine scores.

Yes, Wisconsin's rushing game is a thing of terrible beauty at times, and it warrants praise and recognition, but this isn't a team award. And even if it's a deadbolt lock that LaMichael James takes this trophy home in December, it still would have been nice of the committee to offer up three actually worthy candidates.


Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:52 pm

2010 Doak Walker finalists announced

I agree that Clay shouldn't be on the list, but disagree with some of the other posters saying that Clay sucks -he doesn't. To be perfectly honest he's been banged up all season. I think he has maybe had one or two healthy games all year. In one of those games- Ohio St.- he dominated and was the best player on the field, although the real stars in that game was Wisconsin's offensive line. in most of the games he's played he has been at far less than full strength. He has been a warrior and played through a lot this season and still has been pretty productive, but he shouldn't be a finalist.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:57 pm

2010 Doak Walker finalists announced

This is one of the worst finalists in the history of the Doak Walker award.  I have watched pretty much all of the Badger games and I would rank him 3rd on the team.  Monte Ball should be the team MVP this year and White is more explosive than all three.  I am a Michigan fan from Wisconsin and I was truly hoping Clay would play against the Wolverines because I thought they would actually have a chance to stop him.  I knew they couldn't stop the other two.

Does anyone remember when Clay was talked about for the Heisman - that is the only bigger joke than this.  He lost the Heisman when he ran out of the tunnel at UNLV with his gut hanging over his belt. 

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:50 am

2010 Doak Walker finalists announced

probably should be Demarco Murry.  His stats are maybe a little less than Clays, but a better back for sure. 

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:30 am

2010 Doak Walker finalists announced

now why would you say tht? how many badger games have you realy watched? well fyi clay is a outstanding rb more then you probably know. if it wasnt for clay we probably wouldnt be in the position we are in. so the next time your mouth opens  reconsider wht your about to say before your foot goes in it idiot!! i bet your a sec fan arnt you 

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