Ricky Williams Named Dr Pepper Doak Walker Candidate

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August 15, 1998

DALLAS, Texas - The Southwestern Bell-SMU Athletic Forum board of directors released the 45 pre-season candidates for the Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award, the national running back award. Candidates include Texas Tech tailback, Ricky Williams from Duncanville.

The annual award recognizes an individual for his achievements on and off the field, including good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

The winner of the 1998 Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award will be announced Dec. 10 on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show. He will be presented with the award at the Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet on Jan. 19, 1999. Roy Firestone, six-time Emmy-winning host of ESPN's Up Close Prime Time, will serve as keynote speaker for the event.

Texas Tech is the only school in the nation to posess two winners of the award. Byron Morris was the recipient in 1994, while Byron Hanspard earned the honor in 1996.

"We've been real fortunate to have had some of the best running backs in the nation right here at Texas Tech over the last several years," said head coach Spike Dykes. "I think Ricky will be mentioned right in the same breath as Byron Hanspard, Bam Morris, James Gray... all of them, by the time he is a senior.

"Ricky is one of the hardest workers on our football team and he is an outstanding runner. I really expect great things from Ricky and I believe he is a guy who can deliver. Ricky is a winner."

Shaun Alexander Jr. Alabama
Gerald Arnold Jr. Memphis
Marlon Barnes Sr. Colorado
Kevin Brown So. Wash. St.
Ivory Bryant So. No. Illinois
Trung Canidate Jr. Arizona
Jamaican Dartez Sr. Tulane
Darren Davis Jr. Iowa State
Ron Dayne Jr. Wisconsin
Autry Denson Sr. Notre Dame
Kevin Faulk Sr. LSU
Marcus Fields So. California
Olandis Gary Sr. Georgia
Dante Hall Jr. Texas A&M
Dwayne Harris Sr. Toledo
Eric Hickson Sr. Kansas State
Sedrick Irvin Jr. Mich. State
Terry Jackson Sr. Florida
Edgerrin James Jr. Miami
Ronney Jenkins So. BYU
James Johnson Sr. Miss. State
LaMont Jordan So. Maryland
Jaime Kimbrough Sr. Fresno State
Rob Konrad Sr. Syracuse
Jamal Lewis So. Tennessee
Jonas Lewis Jr. San Diego St.
Stacey Mack Sr. Temple
Joel Makovicka Sr. Nebraska
Denvis Manns Sr. N.M. State
Silas Massey Sr. C. Michigan
Travis Minor So. Florida St.
LeAndre Moore Sr. Ball St.
De'Mond Parker Jr. Oklahoma
LaMont Pegues Sr. Virginia Tech
Travis Prentice Jr. Miami
J.R. Redmond Jr. Arizona St.
Ketric Sanford So. Houston
Robert Sanford So. W. Michigan
Rahshon Spikes Jr. N. Caro. St.
Charles Tharp So. Hawaii
Joel Thomas Sr. Idaho
Damon Washington Sr. Colorado St.
Ricky Williams Sr. Texas
Ricky Williams So. Texas Tech
Amos Zereoue Jr. West Virginia




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