Marcus Lattimore Named to Doak Walker Award Candidate List
July 15, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum selected South Carolina sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore as one of the 51 candidates for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back for the last 21 years.
Lattimore broke South Carolina's single-season touchdown mark with 17 and set the program's freshman rushing record with 1,197 yards during his outstanding 2010 season. The unanimous pick for National Freshman of the Year, Lattimore also earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press. A 2010 first-team All-American according to CollegeFootballNews.com, he totaled 1,609 all-purpose yards, the most on the Gamecocks' roster.
This adds to the preseason accolades for the Duncan, S.C., sophomore, as Lattimore made the 2011 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC first team and Phil Steele's second-team preseason All-America listing. Lattimore was among three Gamecocks named to the Maxwell Award watch list, given to the most outstanding college football player.
The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football 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. It is named for SMU's three-time All-American running back. The award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association.
South Carolina opens the 2011 season on Sat., Sept. 3 against East Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
2011 Doak Walker Award Candidate List
Alvester Alexander (Jr.), Wyoming