Rank 'Em: Doak Walker Award

Created: November 12, 2009, 9:32 AM

Have you ever wanted to have your vote counted for one of the major college football awards? Your wait is over!

The 10 semifinalists for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, recognizing the nation's premier running back, have been announced. Every guy on this list knows how to make defenders look silly in the open field, but who has the right moves to outrun his peers in a wide-open field of candidates?

The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum, the organization in charge of the Doak Walker Award, will give an official vote to the winner of SportsNation's ranking. That's right, SportsNation: You have a say in the award winner. Your No. 1 running back will receive an official vote to help determine the three finalists. The 2009 Doak Walker Award recipiant will be announced live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show on Thursday, Dec. 10.

The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievements in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

To rank the candidates: Click on the candidates' pictures. You must rank all 10 players to cast your vote.

Vote before noon ET on Wednesday, Dec. 9! (Stats as of Monday, Nov. 16)

  • Donald Buckram
    1,422 yds, 6.6 ypc, 14 TDs
  • Jonathan Dwyer
    Georgia Tech
    1,203 yds, 6.6 ypc, 11 TDs
  • Toby Gerhart
    1,395 yds, 5.3 ypc, 19 TDs
  • Mark Ingram
    1,297 yds, 6.7 ypc, 10 TDs
  • Dion Lewis
    1,291 yds, 5.8 ypc, 13 TDs
  • Ryan Mathews
    Fresno State
    1,491 yds, 7.0 ypc, 14 TDs
  • Jacquizz Rodgers
    Oregon State
    1141 yds, 5.3 ypc, 17 TDs
  • C.J. Spiller
    836 yds, 5.5 ypc, 6 TDs
  • Ben Tate
    1,209 yds, 5.4 ypc, 8 TDs
  • Ryan Williams
    Virginia Tech
    1,235 yds, 5.8 ypc, 11 TDs