Aug. 22, 2000
Notre Dame, Ind. -
Notre Dame junior tailback Tony Fisher (Euclid, Ohio) is one of 35 candidates for the 2000 Doak Walker Award presented by Vectrix. The award is given annually to the nation's top college running back by the Southwestern Bell-SMU Athletic Forum in Dallas.
The 6-2, 225 pounder finished the 1999 season as Notre Dame's leading rusher, running up 783 yards on 156 carries, an average of 5.0 yards a carry. Fisher also was fourth on the team in receiving, averaging 16.4 yards a reception. Fisher was a member of Football News' all-Independent team in '99 and was named NBC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP for his efforts against Kansas.
The Southwestern Bell Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select eight semifinalists on November 8, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote on the winner in late November. The National Selection Committee consists of former All-Pro and All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The winner will be announced live on ESPN's College Football Awards Show Thursday, Dec. 7. The presentation banquet will be January 31, 2001, at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.
Last season, former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne won the award after becoming the NCAA's career rushing leader with 6,397 yards.
Fisher joins an impressive list of candidates from around the country including Maryland senior LaMont Jones, the nation's leading returning rusher with 3,227 career yards, TCU senior LaDainian Tomlinson, who was tops among Division I-A runners in 1999 with 1,850 yards and Texas senior Hodges Mitchell, a 1999 Doak Walker Award finalist.
2000 Doak Walker Award Candidates
Jonathan Adams, Jr., Arkansas State
Dan Alexander, Sr., Nebraska
David Allen, Sr., Kansas State
Damien Anderson, Sr., Northwestern
Ladell Betts, Sr., Iowa
Deon Burnett, So., Washington State
Cedric Cobbs, So., Arkansas
Avon Coburne, So., Iowa State
Tony Fisher, Jr., Notre Dame
Delvon Flowers, Sr., Arizona State
Travis Henry, Sr., Tennessee
Joe Igber, So., Cal-Berkeley
James Jackson, Sr., Miami
Cortlen Johnson, Jr., Colorado
LaMont Jordan, Sr., Maryland
Montrell Lowe, So., Purdue
Deuce McAllister, Jr., Mississippi
Scotty McKay, Sr., Air Force
Travis Minor, Sr., Florida State
Hodges Mitchell, Sr., Texas
Larry Ned, Sr., San Diego State
Derrick Nix, So., Southern Mississippi
Brandon Payne, So., Akron
Ray Robinson, Jr., North Carolina State
Robert Sanford, Sr., Western Michigan
Ken Simonton, Jr., Oregon State
Chester Taylor, Sr., Toledo
Anthony Thomas, Sr., Michigan
LaDainian Tomlinson, Sr., TCU
Cedric Washington, Boston College
Avion Weaver, Sr., Hawaii
Deonce Whitaker, Sr., San Jose State
Ja'Quay Wilburn, Sr., North Texas
Ricky Williams, Sr., Texas Tech
Jamie Wilson, Sr., East Carolina