LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- University of Oregon sophomore LaMichael James won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back at Thursday's college football awards show at Walt Disney World Resort.
James, a second-year starter for the No. 2 Ducks, completed the regular season as the top rusher in the NCAA with 1,682 yards. The 5-9, 185-pound back from Texarkana, Texas, also led the nation in with 21 rushing touchdowns and a 12.0 scoring average. He was selected over fellow finalists Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State and John Clay of Wisconsin.
The 21st annual award fittingly went to Oregon's No. 21, who more than met the award's criteria of making extraordinary contributions to his team while exhibiting characteristics of sportsmanship and fair play associated with former SMU All-America and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Also a stellar student, the sociology major is one of only four conference players to earn both All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic first team honors this year.
James is the second straight Pac-10 player to win the award and fourth overall. Former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart was last season's honoree.
James will be formally presented with the award by the SMU Athletic Forum on Feb. 18 at a banquet in Dallas.
Earlier in the day, James became the fourth player in UO history to be named a consensus All-American, when he added the Walter Camp All-America award to his previous selection by the American Football Coaches Association. NFL All-Pro tackle Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens was Oregon's last consensus All-American in 2005.
One of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy, James now heads to New York for Saturday's ceremony, which will air live on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT.