The three finalists for the Doak Walker Award (the nation's best running back) were announced yesterday, and only one name was expected to be on the list.
The finalists are Iowa's Shonn Greene, Georgia's Knowshon Moreno, and Michigan State's Javon Ringer.
Greene is the favorite to win it at this point, and he is well-deserving. He has more rushing yards than any back in division I with 1,729, accompanied by a staggering 6.2 yards per carry average, and top backs with a minimum of 225 carries. Greene has proven that he also has a nose for the end zone, finding paydirt 17 times.
Moreno has had a solid season as well, rushing for 1,244 yards on 210 carries so far. The sophomore has found the endzone 16 total times, 15 of them on the ground. He is averaging nearly six yards per carry and has proven he has the ability to control the game on his own, even in such a conference as the SEC.
Ringer is a bruising back for the Spartans, and is the lone senior on this list. He has compiled 1,590 rushing yards to go along with 21 touchdowns which is most in all of college football. While his touchdown totals seem to be the greatest accomplishment, the true test of this back has been the fact that he has carried the ball 370 times, a number that is highly likely to reach 400 by the end of MSU's bowl game.
Probably the most surprising part of this list is that UConn running back Donald Brown did not make this list. The explosive Brown is the only other back besides Ringer to have carried the ball 300 times, and he is averaging over five yards per carry. Brown has scored 16 touchdowns and in my mind was snubbed of a spot on this list.