Alridge Named A Doak Walker Semifinalist
Nov. 13, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - University of Houston senior running back Anthony Alridge on Tuesday was named one of the 10 semifinalists for the prestigious 2007 Doak Walker Award, as it was announced by the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum in Dallas.
Alridge is currently ranked sixth in the FBS in rushing yards per game at 130.8. He has carried 208 times for 1,308 yards, an average of 6.3 per carry, while catching 33 passes for 371 yards. Alridge has played a role in 16 touchdowns this season, rushing for 11, catching four and throwing one. He has posted a pair of 200-yard rushing days, gaining 205 yards each in games at Oregon and against Rice.
A former wide receiver, Alridge has rushed for 2,306 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career. He also has 66 career catches for 938 yards and eight additional scores.
The other semifinalists include Conference USA foes Matt Forte (Sr.), Tulane and Kevin Smith (Jr.), UCF, as well as Jamaal Charles (Jr.), Texas; Mike Hart (Sr.), Michigan; Felix Jones (Jr.), Arkansas; Darren McFadden (Jr.), Arkansas; Rashard Mendenhall (Jr.), Illinois; Ray Rice (Jr.), Rutgers; and Jonathan Stewart (Jr.), Oregon.
The 162 members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast their votes this week to determine the 2007 finalists.
On Monday, November 19, three finalists will be named, and a second vote by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will determine the recipient. The 2007 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Thursday, December 6.
The award is named after three-time SMU All-American running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Walker, who also punted, returned kicks and kicked extra points, led the Mustangs to two Southwest Conference Championships. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and led the league in scoring his rookie year. During his six years with the Lions, he led the team to two NFL championships and was chosen All-Pro four times. Walker is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday, November 17, when they play host to Marshall for the first-ever encounter between the two schools. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 pm CST at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium in the league finale for Houston.