KU's Sharp Tabbed As Walker Award Candidate
Aug. 4, 2009
Link To KU Athletics Feature On Jake Sharp
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior football player Jake Sharp was named as a candidate for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back, it was announced on Tuesday.
Sharp was one of 45 players named to the preseason list, which includes seven players from the Big 12 Conference.
Sharp averaged 66.2 yards per game last year to rank eighth in the Big 12 and 70th nationally, but upped his average to 88.8 yards per game against conference opponents. That mark was third in the league behind Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State and Chris Brown of Oklahoma.
Sharp, a Salina, Kan. native, earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors on the field and was an Academic All-Big 12 selection for his work in the classroom in 2008.
After sharing the running back duties through the non-conference portion of the 2008 season, Sharp became the featured back in Big 12 play as 90 percent of his 860 rushing yards (774) came in the last nine games.
Sharp became the first running back in school history to record 100 receiving yards in a game when he had 107 against Iowa State while adding 79 rushing yards in the Big 12 opener.
He then produced three 100-yard rushing performances in the next four games, including a 181-yard effort against Kansas State. Against the Wildcats he scored a school-record-tying four touchdowns, while recording just 21 carries.
For his career, Sharp has rushed for 1,810 yards and 19 touchdowns, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He has also added 519 receiving yards and three more scores.
His rushing yardage total ranks 13th in KU history and he needs just 190 yards to become the 10th Jayhawk to reach 2,000 career yards. His 19 touchdowns are tied for ninth on the school career rushing touchdown list. June Henley rushed for 41 touchdowns, while Tony Sands is second with 28 scores on the ground.
The award is in its 20th year and is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award which requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov.12, finalists Nov. 23 and the winner Dec. 10. For more information on the award visit doakwalkeraward.com.
2009 Doak Walker Award Candidates
Armando Allen (Jr.), Notre Dame
André Anderson (Sr.), Tulane
Reggie Arnold (Sr.), Arkansas State
Baron Batch (Jr.), Texas Tech
Jahvid Best (Jr.), California, Berkeley
LeGarrette Blount (Sr.), Oregon
Chris Brown (Sr.), Oklahoma
Donald Buckram (Jr.), UTEP
John Clay (So.), Wisconsin
DaJuane Collins (Sr.), Toledo
Jeff Demps (So.), Florida
Noel Devine (Jr.), West Virginia
Andre Dixon (Sr.), Connecticut
Shaun Draughn (Jr.), North Carolina
Jonathan Dwyer (Jr.), Georgia Tech
Jamelle Eugene (Sr.), North Carolina State
Darren Evans (So.), Virginia Tech
Damion Fletcher (Sr.), Southern Mississippi
Toby Gerhart (Sr.), Stanford
Cyrus Gray (So.), Texas A&M
Nicolas (Nic) Grigsby (Jr.), Arizona
DuJuan Harris (Jr.), Troy
Roy Helu, Jr. (Jr.), Nebraska
Dan Herron (So.), Ohio State
Kendall Hunter (Jr.), Oklahoma State
Mark Ingram (So.), Alabama
Eugene Jarvis (Sr.), Kent State
MiQuale Lewis (Sr.), Ball State
Darius Marshall (Jr.), Marshall
Brandon Minor (Sr.), Michigan
DeMarco Murray (Jr.), Oklahoma
Daniel Porter (Sr.), Louisiana Tech
Jacquizz Rodgers (So.), Oregon State
Charles Scott (Sr.), LSU
Da’Rel Scott (Jr.), Maryland
Jake Sharp (Sr.), Kansas
Michael Smith (Sr.), Arkansas
C.J. Spiller (Sr.), Clemson
James Starks (Sr.), Buffalo
Curtis Steele (Sr.), Memphis
Phillip Tanner (Sr.), Middle Tennessee State
Vai Taua (Jr.), Nevada
Jordan Todman (So.), Connecticut
Joseph Turner (Sr.), TCU
Brandon West (Sr.), Western Michigan