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Darrin Reaves garnering preseason hype
Darrin Reaves garners national attention with talk of Doak Walker Award
UAB running back selected for Pre-Season All-Conference USA First Team
Established in 1989, the Doak Walker Award was named after the three-time All-American running back from SMU who embodied the meaning of athleticism. This year, UAB’s Darrin Reaves name appeared on a short list of other current collegiate running backs who epitomize leadership, sportsmanship, intelligence and athletic ability.
The Doak Walker award was designed to recognize the most outstanding collegiate running back in the nation (an honor Doak Walker carried during his career). However, Walker wasn’t just a great running back, long before the age of Twitter and Facebook, Walker was a social phenomenon who donned the covers of national newspapers and magazines. Walker’s popularity continued to grow leading Cotton Bowl officials to hang a plaque at the main entrance of the stadium that reads, “The Cotton Bowl, the House that Doak Built.”
Walker was not only a talented athlete, but he also graduated on time before joining the Detroit Lions in 1950. Walker led the Lions to two NFL Championships and was named All-Pro four times during his six seasons. He won the Heisman Trophy, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986, proving that Walker really was a real life All-American Football superstar.
After an amazing performance in 2012, UAB’s Darrin Reaves has been added to the pre-season list of running backs who exemplify the qualities of unique individuals like Walker. Reaves, who was recently selected for the preseason All-Conference USA team last week, is the only college running back in the country who rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and in addition, Reaves showed his versatility by completing over 40 receptions as a receiver.
Although the Blazers ended the 2012 season with an overall record of 3-9, Reaves managed to rack up more than a dozen touchdowns and 1,037 total yards making him the fourth running back in Blazer program history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
As a junior on such a young team Reaves will have to lead by example and start the 2013 season just as strong as he finished the 2012 season when he averaged 125 yards rushing per game the last half of the season.
Altogether, over 70 running backs made the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, five of which are from Conference USA schools. The finalists will be announced on November 25, and the Doak Walker Award National Committee will vote in December to determine the winner who will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Thursday December 12, 2013.
Senior Staff Writer