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Ringer gaining weight, named Maxwell semifinalist

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Javon Ringer has left plenty of defenders feeling sick this fall, but last week the Michigan State star running back was the one severely under the weather. Ringer dropped 10 pounds in several days because of a nasty virus, which kept him from eating.

A smallish back to begin with, Ringer checked in at just 192 pounds last Saturday and had a season-low 58 rushing yards in Michigan State's win against Wisconsin. Fortunately, Ringer is back up to 196 pounds and participating fully in practice.

The nation's second-leading rusher also was among the 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player. Other Big Ten players on the list include Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark and Iowa running back Shonn Greene. Connecticut's Donald Brown, Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Pitt's LeSean McCoy are the other running backs honored.

Here's the complete rundown of semifinalists:

  • Connecticut RB Donald Brown

  • Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford

  • Penn State QB Daryll Clark

  • Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree

  • Missouri QB Chase Daniel

  • Iowa RB Shonn Greene

  • Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell

  • Texas QB Colt McCoy

  • Pitt RB LeSean McCoy

  • Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno

  • Michigan State RB Javon Ringer

  • Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson

  • USC QB Mark Sanchez

  • Florida QB Tim Tebow