Mewelde Moore Named Candidate For Doak Walker

Moore is one of the top returning all-purpose backs in the nation with more all-purpose yards (5,182) than any other returning player in the country. A candidate for All-America honors, as well as the Doak Walker Award, he is Tulane's all-time leading rusher with 3,449 yards and tops the career charts in all-purpose yards as well.

Tulane University senior Mewelde Moore has been named a preseason candidate for the 2003 Doak Walker Award, awarded annually to the nation's top college running back. Moore joins 38 other candidates on the preseason list announced by the SMU Athletic Forum. It is the third year that Moore has been a preseason candidate.

Moore is one of the top returning all-purpose backs in the nation with more all-purpose yards (5,182) than any other returning player in the country. A candidate for All-America honors, as well as the Doak Walker Award, he is Tulane's all-time leading rusher with 3,449 yards and tops the career charts in all-purpose yards as well. Overall, the Baton Rouge native owns 23 school records. As a sophomore, he became the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for over 1,250 yards and catch more than 60 passes in the same season.

"This is definitely a great honor," Moore said. "The Doak Walker Award is the most prestigious award for a running back. It is an award that you need to show the effort, the ‘want-to,' the will and the desire."

"I am really happy for Mewelde," Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said. "Hopefully the third time is the charm. I truly believe that he has been as productive as any running back in the country over the last two years. He means a tremendous amount to our team. We know what Mewelde can do and if he gets the help we think we can give him, it will be a special year."

Tulane now has preseason candidates for three major college football awards. In addition to Moore being a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, senior J.P. Losman is on the Davey O'Brien Watch List as the top quarterback in the nation and sophomore Anthony Cannon is a preseason candidate for the Dick Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country.

In addition to his rushing totals, Moore has led the Wave in 65 receptions in each of the last two years. He is also one of three players in the nation to rush for 1,000 yards in each of the last two years.

In addition to Moore, Conference USA foes Art Brown (East Carolina), Lonta Hobbs (TCU) and DeAngelo Williams (Memphis) are candidates for the honor. Another 2003 opponent for the Wave, Cedric Benson from Texas is also on the Walker list.

"We have another outstanding list of candidates for the Doak Walker Award. It should be a very exciting college football season, and we look forward to watching the progress of each of these student-athletes this fall," said Randall Goss, chair of the SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors.

The SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select eight semifinalists on November 19, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote on the winner in late November. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, print and electronic media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2003 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 11, 2003. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, February 12, 2004.

Tulane opened its preseason camp on Aug. 6 and wrapped up camp last Friday. Moore and the remainder of the team are currently in game-week preparation for their opening game against TCU on Monday (Labor Day) evening at 7 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome. The game will be nationally- televised by ESPN. Season tickets are still available for the entire six-game schedule while individual game tickets can also be purchased. For further information, call 504-861-WAVE.


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