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Tulsa Running Backs Adams and Tennial Named to Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List

Tarrion Adams and teammate Courtney Tennial were named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List
Tarrion Adams and teammate Courtney Tennial were named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List
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Aug. 28, 2007

Dallas, Texas - The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum announced today that Tulsa's Tarrion Adams and Courtney Tennial were selected as preseason candidates for the 2007 Doak Walker Award. The award is [resented annually to the nation's top college running back.

Adams and Tennial have a combined for 1,748 yards and 24 touchdowns in their combined three seasons.

A junior, Adams has rushed for 903 yards for a 5.8 average and 10 TDs, while also catching 55 passes for 635 yards in his two-year career. He had 329 rushing yards and 362 receiving yards a year ago in just nine games.

Tennial, a senior, rushed for a team-leading 845 yards, a 4.9 average and 14 touchdowns in his first season last year. A transfer from Oklahoma, Tennial did not see action at OU for two seasons and sat out the 2005 season at Tulsa after transferring. His 14 rushing TDs last year ranks second on the school's single-season list for touchdowns, while his 16 touchdowns overall (14 rushing, 2 receiving) was also second on the single-season chart.

The award, in its 18th 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.

The 2006 Doak Walker Award winner Darren McFadden of Arkansas leads the field of candidates.