BOISE, Idaho - Boise State senior running back Jeremy Avery received one of the most prestigious recognitions of his collegiate football career, Wednesday (Aug. 25), as he was named a candidate for the 2010 Doak Walker Award.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum announced 49 candidates for the award, which has recognized the nation's top running back annually for the past 20 years. The award is named in honor of SMU three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It currently 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.
Avery (5-9, 174), a Bellflower, Calif. (Bellflower HS) native, is coming off the most productive season of his career in which he was Boise State's leading rusher with 209 carries for 1,151 yards, to go along with six rushing touchdowns. Avery's versatility has made him a dual threat for the Broncos, as he also caught 23 passes for 257 yards and one score as a junior.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 10. The Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will name a list of finalists on Nov. 22, before announcing the winner on Nov. 29. The Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The winner of the 2010 Doak Walker Award will be named on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Dec. 9 (Thursday).