Aug. 20, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State junior tailback Greg Jones, the Seminoles’ leading rusher with 713 yards in 2001, was named as a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award given annually to the nation’s top running back. The award has been presented annually since 1990 by the SMU Athletic Forum.
Jones gained a career-high 713 yards on 134 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry last season. He gained over 100 yards in four of Florida State’s final seven games, including a game-high 120 yards on 23 carries against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl. Jones gained 573 of his 713 yards over the last seven games of the season and averaged 81 yards per game during that span. He scored a team-high six rushing touchdowns as a sophomore.
Jones enters Saturday’s season-opener against Iowa State with 979 career yards and needs only 21 to reach 1,000 for his career. He has scored eight career rushing touchdowns and averages 5.4 yards per carry during his Seminole career.
The SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select eight semifinalists Nov. 19 with the recipient of the award announced on ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show Dec. 12. The Doak Walker Award presentation banquet will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Tex., Jan. 28, 2003.
Lucas Staley of Brigham Young University earned the 2001 Doak Walker Award. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2002 NFL Draft. Other winners include Ricky Williams of the University of Texas (1997 and 1998), Eddie George of Ohio State (1995) and Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (1999).