Aug. 31, 2004
HOUSTON, Texas - On the eve of the season opener versus cross-town rival Rice, University of Houston junior running back Anthony Evans (Pearland, Texas) today was named to the prestigious Doak Walker Award Watch List, as announced by the SMU Athletic Forum in Dallas.
The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back, and this marks the second consecutive season Evans has made the watch list. Evans is one of 42 candidates and joins fellow Conference USA running backs Lionel Gates (Louisville), Lonta Hobbs (TCU) and DeAngelo Williams (Memphis) on the list.
Last season was a breakthrough campaign for Evans, as he became just the 20th Cougar to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. En route to a Third-Team, All-Conference USA selection, Evans rushed for a team-high 1,149 yards and nine touchdowns in leading the Cougars to a 7-6 record and a berth in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
Evans finished the season on a strong note, rushing for a career high in each of the last four games of the regular season. He started his streak with 116 yards against Southern Miss, then rushed for 140 yards in the road win at Army, ran for 146 yards against Louisville and then topped off the regular season with 165 yards against UAB. He also topped the century mark with 103 yards against Tulane.
Evans becomes the fifth Cougar to be named to a national watch list, joining quarterback Kevin Kolb (Walter Camp Award, Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award and Maxwell Award), kicker Dustin Bell (Lou Groza Award), defensive end Joe Clay (Lombardi Award) and linebacker Wade Koehl (Butkus Award) on these illustrious lists.
The SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists on November 15, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote on the winner in late November. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2004 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN along with other NCFAA member awards on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 9. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, February 15, 2005.
Former Michigan running back Chris Perry, currently with the Cincinnati Bengals, won the 2003 Doak Walker Award.
The award, which is celebrating its 15th year, is named for SMU's three-time All-American running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate 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. Sponsors of the Forum include PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Guaranty Bank, JPMorgan Chase and State Farm Bank®.
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Junior Anthony Evans was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List today.