Devine Up For Doak

A season in which he gained 1,289 yards rushing was enough to put junior West Virginia running back Noel Devine on the candidate list for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, which is presented to the nation's top running back.

Devine is one of 45 players nominated for the award. The list includes X other Big East running backs: Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman of Connecticut.

The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists on November 11, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 23. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on November 30 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 2009 Doak Walker Award will be announced on Thursday, December 10.

The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, February 19, 2010.

The award, in its 20th 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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