Aug. 25, 2010
- Baylor senior running back Jay Finley was one of 49 student-athletes in the NCAA football bowl subdivision named to the watch list for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, as announced by the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum Wednesday.
A native of Corsicana, Texas, Finley enters the 2010 season as one the Bears' most experienced players with 33 career games played in his first three seasons.
Finley, a fifth-year senior, ranks 18th all-time at Baylor with 1,442 career rushing yards. Despite playing through ankle injuries that required offseason surgery, Finley was the Bears' most productive running back for the second consecutive season in 2009. He rushed 79 times for 370 yards and one touchdown in nine games played, three of which were starts.
As a sophomore in 2008, Finley rushed 149 times for 865 yards and seven touchdowns on his way to an average gain of 5.8 yards per carry. He played in all 12 games, making six starts, and added seven receptions for 141 yards and two scores. His efforts during the 2008 season earned him second-team all-Texas honors from Dave Campbell's Texas Football.
During his redshirt freshman campaign in 2007, Finley ran for 207 yards and added 18 catches for 152 yards while playing in all 12 games.
The Doak Walker Award, which is in its 21st year, is named after the three-time All-American running back from SMU. Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 10, with finalists to be announced Nov. 22. The Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will then casts votes to determine the recipient.
The winner will be announced live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Dec. 9, and the Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas in February 2011.