Aug. 25, 2010
DEKALB, Ill.- Northern Illinois University tailback Chad Spann is one of 49 running backs named a candidate for the 2010 Doak Walker Award announced by the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum today. Given to the nation's top college running back, the award is named in honor of SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.
"I think it's great for Chad," NIU head coach Jerry Kill said. "Chad has worked hard and he's quite a story, going from walk-on-player to an all-conference player to a guy that's up for the Doak Walker Award. I hope he'll continue to do all the things necessary this season to be successful as he has throughout his career."
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Spann earned first team All-MAC honors after rushing for a career-high 1,038 on 179 carries in 2009. He ranked fourth in the league in rushing, averaging 79.8 yards a game and 5.8 yards per carry. He led the team in scoring, rushing and all purpose yards with 1,160 and averaging 89.2 yards a game. His 19 rushing touchdowns tied NIU's single season record for rushing scores and he ranked second in the MAC and tied for 12th in the nation in scoring with 120 points.
Spann, a product of North Central High School, posted eight multi-touchdown games, including a career-high three rushing TDs against Western Michigan last season. He recorded four 100-yard performances during the year, including a career-high 174 yards on 11 carries and a career-long 79-yard touchdown run against Eastern Michigan. He also totaled 122 yards receiving on 10 receptions and one touchdown. Spann enters the 2009 campaign ranked 24th in NIU history for career rushing yards with 1,528.
The Huskie senior is one of four MAC running backs to be named a candidate for the 21st annual Doak Walker Award. Eugene Jarvis of Kent State, Ball State's MiQuale Lewis and Bernard Pierce of Temple joined Spann on the list.
Northern Illinois open the 2010 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 2 with a 7 p.m. contest at Iowa State. The game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net, and can be seen in the Chicagoland area on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Other Fox Sports Net affiliates across the country that will carry the game include: Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Detroit plus, Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Pittsburgh, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Comcast Bay Area, Comcast Chicago, The Comcast Network and MSG Plus.
Northern Illinois opens its five-game home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 11 versus North Dakota at Huskie Stadium with kickoff set for 6 p.m. (Central). Individual game tickets for the Huskies' home games are $20 each for the general public, with tickets for the Homecoming game priced at $25. Senior citizens (62 and older), youth (8th grade and under) and student guest tickets for Homecoming are $20 each and are priced at $15 each for the remaining five home contests.
Season tickets for Northern Illinois' 2010 home games are still available and are one of the region's best values at just $85 for all five games. NIU faculty and staff, Varsity Club (former letterwinners), NIU Alumni Association members and senior citizens can purchase season tickets for only $74. The three-game mini-plan allows fans to choose any three 2010 games, including Homecoming, and get the same reserved seat for all three games for just $50.
Tickets can be ordered online at www.NIUHuskies.com (click the "Tickets" link on the top of the page), on the phone at 815-752-6800 or in person at the NIU Convocation Center Ticket Office in DeKalb.