Oct. 27, 2008
New Orleans - Tulane junior Andre Anderson has been recognized as one of the nation's premier running backs with his selection to the 2008 Doak Walker Award Candidate List, the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletics Forum announced on Monday.
The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the top running back among NCAA Division I-A teams, and Anderson becomes the third Tulane player to be named to the watch list in the last six years, joining 2007 candidate and current Chicago Bears rookie Matt Forte and 2003 honoree and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Mewelde Moore.
"It's a great honor for Andre to be named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, but unfortunately he was injured against Rice," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "Prior to his injury, he was having an outstanding season and was the fourth-leading rusher in the nation. Hopefully he will be able to come back and finish the season."
This season, Anderson has started all seven games and has rushed for a team-best 864 yards and seven touchdowns on 174 carries (5.0 ypc), and he ranks second on the team for receptions (25), third in receiving yards (202) and he has one catch for a touchdown.
Despite missing most of the Rice game due to an injury suffered in the first half, Anderson ranks eighth nationally and first among Conference USA players in rushing yards per game (123.43) and is 24th in the nation and fifth in C-USA for all-purpose yards per contest (152.29). He has rushed for 100 or more yards in four games and owns two of the nation's top 11 rushing performances this season with 255 yards at UTEP (6th) and 219 yards vs. SMU(11th).
A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Anderson is one of 51 total players from around the nation and one of six from Conference USA that are currently candidates for the 2008 award. Along with Anderson, the six C-USA student-athletes on the list includes Tarrion Adams (Tulsa), Donald Buckram (UTEP), Damion Fletcher (Southern Miss), Terrell Jackson (UTEP) and DeMyron Martin (SMU).
The 2008 Doak Walker Award Semifinalists will be announced on Tuesday, November 11, while the 2008 Doak Walker Award recipient will announced live on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on ESPN on Thursday, December 11.
Created in 1989 to recognize the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community, the award is in its 19th year of existence and is named for SMU's three-time All-American running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.