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