Reggie Bush Named Semifinalist For Doak Walker Award

Nov. 15, 2004

Sophomore Reggie Bush has been named one of eight semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually by the SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors to the nation's top running back.

The other semifinalists are J.J. Arrington of California, Cedric Benson of Texas, Ronnie Brown of Auburn, Ryan Moats of Louisiana Tech, Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma, Carnell Williams of Auburn and DeAngelo Williams of Memphis.

The 154 members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast their votes this week to determine the 2004 recipient. On Nov. 23 three finalists will be named, and on Dec. 9 the recipient of the 2004 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards.

Bush, also a semifinalist for the 2004 Maxwell Award, currently is seventh nationally in all-purpose running (175.2, first in Pac-10), ninth in punt returns (16.7, first in Pac-10) and 10th in kickoff returns (27.2, second in Pac-10). He has 1,752 all-purpose yards in 2004 (the most by a Trojan since Marcus Allen had a school-record 2,683 yards in his 1981 Heisman season). In 2004, he has rushed for 604 yards and 4 TDs, caught 34 passes for 336 yards and 6 scores, returned 21 punts for 350 yards and 2 TDs and run back 17 kickoffs for 462 yards, plus he has completed a 52-yard touchdown pass.

He is averaging 9.4 yards every time he touches the ball (186 touches). He already has 25 plays of 20-plus yards in 2004 (49 in his career). His 2 scoring punt returns in 2004 are the most in a season by a Trojan since R. Jay Soward also had 2 in 1998 (and are 1 shy of the USC and Pac-10 season records).

In his career, he has proven to be a 5-way threat as he has produced touchdowns via rushing, receiving, kickoff returning, punt returning and passing. He has scored 20 TDs in his 23-game career (7 rushing, 10 receiving, 1 on kickoff returns, 2 on punt returns). He has 3,083 all-purpose yards in his career.

The award will be presented at the 2004 Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet in Dallas on Feb. 15, 2005. John David Crow, former Texas A&M star running back, was named the recipient of the 2004 PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award and will also be honored at the banquet.