James Wins Doak Walker Award

Oregon running back LaMichael James was named winner of the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back during Thursday's college football awards show at Walt Disney World Resort.

A sophomore running back, LaMichael James finished the regular season rushing for 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had a receiving score. James led the country in rushing and in touchdowns scored. Kendall Hunter from Oklahoma State and John Clay of Wisconsin were also finalists for the award.

The 21st annual award fittingly went to Oregon's No. 21, who more than met the award's criteria of making extraordinary contributions to his team while exhibiting characteristics of sportsmanship and fair play associated with former SMU All-American and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Also a stellar student, the sociology major is one of only four conference players to earn both All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic first team honors this year.

James is the second straight Pac-10 player to win the award and fourth overall. Former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart was last season's honoree.

James will be formally presented with the award by the SMU Athletic Forum on Feb. 18 at a banquet in Dallas.

Earlier in the day, James became the fourth player in UO history to be named a consensus All-American, when he added the Walter Camp All-American award to his previous selection by the American Football Coaches Association. NFL All-Pro tackle Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens was Oregon's last consensus All-American in 2005.

One of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy, James now heads to New York for Saturday's ceremony, which will air live on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT.

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