Batch Earns Spot On Doak Walker List
Aug. 5, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - Showcasing the versatility of the Texas Tech offense, junior running back Baron Batch was named by the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum as a preseason candidate for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top rusher.
Batch, a native of Midland, Texas, will anchor the Red Raider backfield in 2009 after leading the squad with 758 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He was equally impressive as a receiver as he hauled in 45 catches for 449 yards and one touchdown. His 1,207 all-purpose yards was second on the team behind Michael Crabtree's 1,216.
Batch is the second Red Raider in as many days to earn a spot on a preseason watch list as quarterback Taylor Potts was named to the Davey O'Brien watch list on Tuesday.
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 live on ESPN on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards 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.