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LaMichael James headlines Doak Walker watch list

Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 12:42 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Keeping the watch lists coming here at the Eye on College Football, with the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announcing the initial list for the prestigious Doak Walker Award. The award, which was first given to Washington's Greg Lewis in 1990, celebrates the nation's top running back.

Oregon running back LaMichael James won the award last season, and he is back on the watch list for 2011. In the award's history, only two players have won in back-to-back years: Ricky Williams (1997-1998) and Darren McFadden (2006-2007).

Here is the rest of the watch list, which will continue accepting nominations through October


Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:55 pm

LaMichael James headlines Doak Walker watch list

Really?  Why don't sportswriters ever look beyond just the stats to decide who has the better CFB season?  LaMichael James looked great against who exactly?  Let's examine the FACTS:

He played against 2 teams; ranked at the end of the Season, #4 Stanford and #1 AU.  The SEC had 6 teams ranked in the Final Top 25!  Please note, that he had 13 carries for 49 yards against a SEC Defense (AU).  Pretty much, just like every other RB (& team) has done against a SEC defense in the NCG's. James played against 3 Pac 12 Defenses ranked in the Top 50 teams in Total Defense (#18 Cal, #21 Stanford & #33 AZ).  The SEC had 8 teams ranked in the Top 50 including 3 in the Top 12.

If Marcus Lattimore, Kniles Davis, Trent Richardson, Michael Dyer and on & on played against the same schedule La Michael James played they would all have ridiculous stats.  Playing against SEC defenses every week makes those stats much harder to accomplish... but the sportswriters never even consider this.  My nephew, asked me how I thought last year's NCG would go and I told him that Oregon wouldn't be able to run the ball against Auburn and that they would have to pass the ball to keep their offense on the field (and they did that pretty well).  But, the reason why the SEC has won 7 of 13 of the BCS NCG's is simple... we have athletes on both sides of the ball and bigger, faster, stronger and more of them!

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