OFFICIAL: NORTHERN ILLINOIS TB MICHAEL THE BURNER TURNER
MAKES DOAK WALKER AWARD LIST
DeKALB, IL ---
Is the second time the charm? Why not? Northern Illinois University
senior All-America tailback Michael The Burner Turner
was officially named a candidate for the prestigious Doak Walker
National Runningback Award for the second conseuctive season.
232-pound Turner (North Chicago) made the list of 39 pre-season
Doak Walker Award candidates announced by the SMU Athletic Forum
Board of Directors in Dallas, TX. As a mid-season supplemental candidate
in 2002, Turner the Burner wound up among the final
eight semi-finalists after rushing for a Mid-American Conference-record
1,915 yards and finishing No. 2 in National Collegiate Athletic
Association Division 1-A ground-gaining a year ago.
As the nations
leading returning rusher this fall, Turner the Burner
has made several Heisman Trophy lists and at least 10 pre-season
major-college All-America units. In addition, No. 32 made a commitment
in May to play in the East-West Shrine Classic next January in San
coaches, the opposition, fans---have started to notice No. 32 more
the national recognition for Michael and our program is nice,
said Huskie boss Joe Novak. The Doak Walker Award is about
the glamour position in the game---runningback. At the same time,
all of us, Michael included, know that you cannot rest on what happened
last year. I think, that Michael and his teammates have handled
all this very well. But now its 2003 and time for new challenges.
We all know Michael has the ability to have another outstanding
counterpart on the other sideline this Thursday night for the Northern
Illinois home opener is impressed.
a big back, six feet, 228 pounds, and runs a :04.4, said University
of Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen last week on his weekly television
show. This guy will be playing on Sundays. Their offense revolves
around giving him the football. They play action fake off of him
and get some really big plays. Most teams have to put an extra guy
in the box to stop him, but they still have trouble stopping him
with eight or nine people in the box. That is how good he is.
Turner is one
of five Mid-American Conference backs on the Walker Award pre-season
list with Alex Haynes of the University of Central Florida, Bobby
Hendry of the University of Akron, Terrence Jackson of Central Michigan
University, and Phil Reed of Western Michigan University. Anthony
Davis from the University of Wisconsin, Fred Russell from the University
of Iowa, and Jason Wright from Northwestern University are the Big
Ten Conference candidates.
In 1993, Northern
Illinois All-America tailback LeShon The Cowboy Johnson---who
led the country in rushing with 1,976 yards---was a top three national
finalist for the Doak Walker National Runningback Award. Johnson
also finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting and made unanimous
First-Team All-America that autumn.
another outstanding list of candidates for the Doak Walker Award.
It should be a very exciting college football season, and we look
forward to watching the progress of each of these student-athletes
this fall, said Randall Goss, chair of the SMU Athletic Forum
Board of Directors.
The SMU Athletic
Forum will select eight semi-finalists on November 19 and the Doak
Walker National Selection Committee will vote on the winner in late
November. The National Selection Committee consists of former National
Football League All-Pro and college All-America runningbacks, print
and electronic media representatives, and select special representatives.
The recipient of the 2003 Walker award will be announced live on
ESPN on December 11, 2003. The official Doak Walker Award Presentation
Banquet will be hoeld at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, TX,on February
Turner is the
fifth Northern Illinois player on a 2003 national award pre-season
watch list. The others include senior center Todd Ghilani
(Outland and Rimington), senior placekicker Steve Azar (Lou Groza),senior
linebakcer Nick Duffy (Butkus), and junior defensive end Travis
Moore (Rotary Lombardi).
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