Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Knowshon named a Doak Walker Finalist

Congrats to Knowshon on being named one of three finalists for the 2008 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's best running back. If I'm not mistaken, Garrison Hearst is the only other finalist for this Award ever from UGA (Hearst won the Doak Walker in 1992.)

The other finalists this season are Michigan State's Javon Ringer and Iowa's Shonn Greene. Here's how the stats of each match up:

Moreno, UGA: 210 carries, 1244 yards, 5.9 yards per carry, 15 touchdowns

Ringer, MSU: 370 carries, 1590 yards, 4.3 YPC, 21 TDs

Greene, Iowa: 278 carries, 1728 yards, 6.2 YPC, 17 TDs

Pretty solid company. It appears to me that Greene is probably his biggest competition. Ringer is a great back (and one of the all-time workhorse RBs), but his YPC is worst among any running back in the Top 25 leading rushers in the nation. Knowshon is certainly a bigger and flashier name than Greene, but Greene's numbers are really unbelievable. He has rushed for over 100 yards in every Iowa game this season, and has scored a TD in all but one. That is Herschel territory. Knowshon's struggles against the 3 best defenses he faced all year (South Carolina, Alabama and Florida) will probably leave him to finish as the runner-up this year.

Still a great honor, for Knowshon, and certainly underscores his place as one of the top backs ever to play at UGA.


Anonymous said...

I think Knowshon will come in 3rd. Ringer IS Mich St. He is basically their whole team.

It is interesting that both Ringer and Greene play in the big 10.

JJ said...

That depends....the selection committee is pretty large and I would guess it runs on a regional basis just like every other award. Greene and Ringer could steal some votes from each other which would allow Knowshon to slip in. I'm assuming that Knowshon takes just about all of the southern vote.

LeakBrewerGator said...

Yeah I think Ringer is gonna take it. The guy has carried the Spartans all year long.

Amanda said...

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