Baker, Brown Named to Doak Award Watch List

DALLAS, Texas - The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum announced today candidates for the 2007 Doak Walker Award and NC State's junior tandem of Andre Brown and Toney Baker are members of the watch list. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

Andre Brown led the team in rushing seven times in 2006 and ranked second on the team with 658 yards, averaging 5.3 yards-per-carry, the seventh-best mark in school history.

Toney Baker led the team in rushing last season with 688 yards and averaged 57.3 yards-per-game, 10th in the ACC. Baker rushed for a career-high 174 yards against Clemson on 34 carries, the fourth-highest tally in school history.

NC State is just one of five teams to have two running backs on the watch list.

The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists on November 12, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists to be announced on November 19. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on November 26 to determine the recipient. 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 2007 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 6. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at The Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, February 15, 2008.

The award, in its 18th year, is named for SMU's three-time All-America 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.

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