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Doak Walker Award finalists announced


The PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Monday that Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona, Bishop Sankey of Washington, and Andre Williams of Boston College are the three finalists for the 2013 Doak Walker Award. The finalists were determined by a vote of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee. 

The winner of the award, which goes to the nation’s top running back, will be revealed on Dec. 12.

Carey, a junior, has amassed 1,559 yards and is averaging 5.4 yards per carry in 2013. He ranks second nationally in rushing yards per game and is fourth nationally in total rushing yards. Carey is the Arizona career leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns and has rushed for over 100 yards in every game he played this season. He is Arizona’s first Doak Walker finalist.

Sankey, a junior, has rushed for 1,575 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. He ranks third nationally in total rushing yards and fourth in rushing yards per game. With one game against rival Washington State remaining, Sankey is tied for the Washington career rushing touchdown record and is only 120 yards shy of the school’s career rushing mark.

Williams, a senior, has rushed for 2,073 yards this season and leads the nation in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game. He has rushed for over 200 yards five times in 2013 and is the only FBS running back with over 2,000 yards rushing this season. Williams has already established the Boston College and ACC single season rushing records and with one game remaining is 12th on the all-time NCAA single season rushing list. 

The award is named after three-time SMU All-America running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

Associated Press

As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.