Nov. 11, 2008
IOWA CITY – University of Iowa running back Shonn Greene has been named one of 10 semi-finalists for the prestigious Doak Walker Award. The Award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate running back.
Greene, a 5-11, 235-pound junior from Sicklerville, N.J., has post over 100-yards rushing in all 10 games this year. He is the only running back in the nation to post 10 straight over 100 yards and is the first Hawkeye to ever achieve the feat.
Greene ranks second in the Big Ten and third nationally in rushing. His rushing total of 159 yards against Northwestern (Sept. 27) pushed him over 1,000 career yards. For his career, Greene has rushed 295 times for 1,752 yards (5.9 avg.) and 14 scores. The 1,752 yards ranks 12th on Iowa’s all-time rushing lists.
He has amassed 1,374 yards, 605 after contact, on 226 attempts (6.1 avg.) and has 13 scores this season. His 6.1 average per carry is second-best in the nation (min. 200 attempts). The 1,374 rushing yards rank third-best in a single-season at Iowa. Greene became the 12th Hawkeye, and second-fastest, to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.
His 13 rushing scores are the third-most by an Iowa player in a single-season. Greene’s 78 points marks the 23rd time an Iowa skill-position player scored at least 60 points in a season. Also, the 78 points equal the 16th-most in a single-season at Iowa. The 78 points tie Mike Saunders (1991) for the fifth-most in a single-season at Iowa by a skilled position player.
Greene is also a candidate for the Maxwell Award as college football’s top player.
The semi-finalists are:
Donald Brown (Jr.) Connecticut
Glen Coffee (Jr.) Alabama
Tyrell Fenroy (Sr.) Louisiana-Lafayette
Shonn Greene (Jr.) Iowa
Kendall Hunter (So.) Oklahoma State
LeSean McCoy (So.) Pittsburgh
Knowshon Moreno (So.) Georgia
Javon Ringer (Sr.) Michigan State
Jacquizz Rodgers (Fr.) Oregon State
Evan Royster (So.) Penn State