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UW's John Clay a Doak Walker semifinalist

It feels strange that running back might be the third or fourth best offensive position in the Big Ten this year.

The Big Ten is undoubtedly a quarterback's league in 2010, and the wide receiving corps looks pretty stacked as well. The running back group is good, but it doesn't match up with, say, the 2008 crop (Shonn Greene, Javon Ringer, Chris Wells).

Let's just say I'm not surprised that Wisconsin's John Clay is the Big Ten's lone representative on the 10-man list of semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back.

Clay is a worthy choice, ranking 13th nationally in rushing average (103.2 ypg). He has 929 rush yards and 13 touchdowns on 172 carries. He hasn't been spectacular and has been overshadowed at times by teammate James White, but he has been solid with six 100-yard rushing performances.

Too bad Denard Robinson isn't eligible, as the Michigan quarterback ranks second nationally in rushing (149.9 ypg).

Three Doak Walker Award finalists will be named Nov. 22, and the winner will be announced Dec. 9 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on ESPN.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne is the only Badgers' back to win the Doak Walker Award. Anthony Davis (2001), Brian Calhoun (2005) and P.J. Hill (2006) also were semifinalists.