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Turbin, Creer Named Doak Walker Candidates
Courtesy: WAC
DALLAS - Louisiana Tech's Lennon Creer and Utah State's Robert Turbin were named preseason candidates for the 2011 Doak Walker Award. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back.

Creer is one of 51 candidates in a field that includes the 2010 Doak Walker Award recipient, LaMichael James. During the 2010 season, Creer ran for 1,181 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 98.4 yards per game. He finished the season 22nd in rushing while claiming the honor of rushing for more yards at No. 2 Boise State (149 yards) than any team was able to do with the exception of Nevada.

Returning to action after redshirting last season with an injury, Turbin earned second-team all-WAC honors in 2009.  He ranked third in the WAC and 20th in FBS in rushing with 108.0 yards per game (1,296 yards total), as well as third in the league and 31st in the nation in all-purpose yards with 142.8 yards per game.  He also lead the conference’s running backs in receiving yards with 34.8 yards per game.  Turbin scored a WAC-high 18 touchdowns, finishing with a school-record 110 points, the most for an offensive player in the WAC and the second-most overall.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on November 11, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 21. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on November 28 to determine the recipient to be announced live on ESPN on December 8. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
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