Despite only carrying the ball a total of 14 times in the first two games of the season, Auburn's Kenny Irons leads the Southeastern Conference with 110.2 rushing yards per game, totaling 1,102 yards rushing on the season. Those numbers are good enough to earn him a spot among the best running backs in the country.
In the last eight games, the South Carolina transfer has averaged 133.5 yards per game and has now rushed for seven 100-yard games, including five consecutive, dating back to Oct. 15 at Arkansas. Last week at Georgia, Irons ran for 179 yards, earning him the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week.
The Doak Walker Award recognizes the top running back in the country. Other 2005 semifinalists include Reggie Bush (USC), Brian Calhoun (Wisconsin), Maurice Drew (UCLA), Jerome Harrison (Washington State), Laurence Maroney (Minnesota), DonTrell Moore (New Mexico), LenDale White (USC), DeAngelo Williams (Memphis) and Albert Young (Iowa).
Three finalists will be named Nov. 23 and a second vote will determine the winner, who will be announced Dec. 8 on ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards. Fans can vote for Irons on ESPN.com beginning at 11 a.m. CT on Friday. At the conclusion of fan voting, the online winner will account for one official vote toward the recipient of the Doak Walker Award.