Missouri sophomore tailback Henry Josey and Wisconsin junior tailback Montee Ball, a native of Wentzville, MO.  have been named two of 10 semifinalists for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top running back.

Despite beginning the season third on the depth chart, Josey has burst into the national scene, as he leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 5th nationally, with his average of 127.67 yards per game. Josey’s per-carry average of 8.57 yards is second-best in the nation.

Ball leads all of the semifinalists with 21 touchdowns and the third highest yards per carry at 6.64.   

A comparison of the other semifinalists’ stats is listed below.

2011 Doak Walker Award Semifinalist Statistical Comparison

Player, School (Year) – Games Played Att. Yards Avg. TDs Game Schedule Strength

Henry Josey, Missouri (So.) – 9 134 1,149 8.57 9 127.67 1st

Montee Ball, Wisconsin (Jr.) – 9 162 1,076 6.64 21 119.56 87th

Rex Burkhead, Nebraska (Jr.) – 9 187 951 5.09 13 105.67 46th

Ronnie Hillman, San Diego St. (So.) – 8 199 1,198 6.02 13 149.75 94th

LaMichael James, Oregon (Jr.) – 7 133 1,061 7.98 9 151.57 36th

Zach Line, SMU (Jr.) – 9 184 1,089 5.92 17 121.00 72nd

Chris Polk, Washington (Jr.) – 9 207 1,096 5.29 9 121.78 30th

Joseph Randle, Oklahoma St. (So.) – 9 151 915 6.06 18 101.67 4th

Trent Richardson, Alabama (Jr.) – 9 172 1,078 6.27 17 119.78 20th

David Wilson, Virginia Tech (Jr.) – 9 187 1,185 6.34 7 131.67 70th