Murray Makes Walker Watch List

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray has been named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

Murray, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., enters this season has one of the most prolific yardage gainers and scorers in OU history. He has rushed for 2,471 yards and 35 touchdowns, while hauling in 86 receptions for 977 yards and eight TDs. His 43 kickoff returns have resulted in 1,213 yards and two touchdowns.

A second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2008, Murray ranks No. 4 all-time at OU in all purpose yards with 4,661, just 1,220 shy of the 5,881 by school record-holder Joe Washington. He also ranks No. 5 in career touchdowns with 44 and is No. 12 in career rushing yards.

This season, he may threaten Quentin Griffin's school records for career receiving by a running back. Griffin had 169 catches for 1,337 yards. Murray has 86 receptions for the above-mentioned 977 yards.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists on Nov. 10, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced Nov. 22.

The Committee will cast a second vote beginning on November 29 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 2010 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Thursday, December 9. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, in February 2011.

The award, in its 21th 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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