Mario Fannin in running for Doak Walker Award

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn senior Mario Fannin has been named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum announced Wednesday. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

Fannin has rushed for 971 yards and six touchdowns on 172 attempts (5.6 ypc) during his career, despite splitting time between running back and wide receiver. Last season he was second on the team with 42 catches for 413 yards and three scores, while also rushing for 285 yards on just 34 carries (8.4 ypc).

Fannin has totaled 2,722 all-purpose yards during his career (971 rushing, 944 kickoff returns, 812 receiving, -5 punt returns), and needs just 400 more to take over 10th place on Auburn's career list in that category. He also has 80 career receptions, which is just five shy of tying for 15th in school history.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select the semifinalists on Nov. 10, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 22. The Committee will cast a second vote beginning on Nov. 29 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2010 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Dec. 9. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, in February, 2011.

The award, in its 21st year, is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics