LUBBOCK, Texas – For the second consecutive season, Texas Tech senior running back Baron Batch has been named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, announced today by The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum.
Batch (Midland, Texas) is one of 49 running backs in the country who will look to be named the top running back in the nation this year. Batch is one of 10 backs from the Big 12 Conference to make the list.
He led the Red Raiders and ranked second in the Big 12 with 15 touchdowns (14 rushing) in 2009. He led the team with 884 yards on the ground with 168 carries. He tallied 1,279 all-purpose yards, good for 12th in the league. Batch averaged 98.4 yards of total offense per game as a junior. His 14 rushing touchdowns place him tied for sixth all-time in Tech single-season history.
Batch, a two-time All-Big 12 honorable mention pick, rushed for a career-high four touchdowns against Kansas and picked up a career-best 136 yards on 25 carries against Oklahoma, both coming in 2009.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists on November 10, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 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 21st 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.