Thomas Named Doak Walker Award Candidate
DALLAS, Texas -- University of Michigan junior tailback Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) has been selected as one of 38 preseason candidates for the 1999 Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award. Presented annually to the nation's top running back as selected by the Southwestern Bell-SMU Athletic Forum, the Doak Walker Award will be awarded for the 10th time this season.


Thomas, the Wolverines' starting tailback, heads into the season opener against Notre Dame (Sept. 4) with 1,442 career rushing yards on 304 carries (4.7 avg.). He has 20 career rushing TDs, including setting the second-best single-season mark with 15 a year ago. Thomas needs 558 yards to become the 18th running back in school history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in career rushing yardage and 1,112 rushing yards to reach the top 10. He was selected as the 16th-best running back by Lindy's Magazine this preseason.

Thomas becomes the seventh Michigan player to be named as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award. He joins Clarence Williams (1998), Chris Howard (1997), Tshimanga Biakabutuka (1995), Tyrone Wheatley (1993-94), Ricky Powers (1991) and Jon Vaughn (1990). Both Biakabutuka and Vaughn were named finalists for the award.

Following is an alphabetical list of candidates for the 1999 Doak Walker Award:

Shaun Alexander Sr. Alabama
Mike Anderson Sr. Utah
Gerard Arnold Jr. Memphis
Trung Canidate Sr. Arizona
Dwayne Cherrington Sr. Colorado
Chrys Chukwuma Sr. Arkansas
Darren Davis Sr. Iowa State
Ron Dayne Sr. Wisconsin
Reuben Droughns Sr. Oregon
Marcus Field Jr. California-Berkeley
Eric Flowers Sr. Central Michigan
Dante Hall Sr. Texas A&M
Thomas Hamner Sr. Minnesota
Elmarko Jackson Sr. Temple
James Jackson Jr. Miami (Fla.)
Thomas Jones Sr. Virginia
LaMont Jordan Jr. Maryland
Godfrey Lewis So. Bowling Green
Jamal Lewis Jr. Tennessee
Deuce McAllister Jr. Mississippi
Kevin McDougal Sr. Colorado State
Travis Minor Jr. Florida State
Chad Morton Sr. Southern California
Derrick Nix So. Southern Mississippi
Rodnick Phillips Sr. Southern Methodist
Travis Prentice Sr. Miami (Ohio)
J.R. Redmond Sr. Arizona State
Ray Robinson So. North Carolina State
Ketric Sanford Sr. Houston
Paul Smith Sr. Texas-El Paso
Shyrone Stith Jr. Virginia Tech
Anthony Thomas Jr. Michigan
LaDainian Tomlinson Jr. Texas Christian
Anthony White Sr. Kentucky
Michael Wiley Sr. Ohio State
Boo Williams Sr. South Carolina
Ricky Williams Jr. Texas Tech

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

»  Learn about season ticket opportunities for the 2017 Michigan football season.