Shonn Greene, Calvin Hill to be honored at Doak Walker Awards

University of Iowa running back Shonn GreeneUniversity of Iowa junior Shonn Greene and Dallas Cowboys icon Calvin Hill will be honored at SMU’s Doak Walker Awards banquet beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 2009 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Greene (top right) will receive the 2008 Doak Walker Award, given each year to the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Hill (bottom right) will receive the 2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award, presented to former running backs who excelled at the collegiate level and have distinguished themselves as leaders in their communities.

During the 2008 season, Greene ranked second nationally in rushing with 1,729 yards. The Hawkeye single-season rushing leader, he rushed for more than 100 yards in all twelve of Iowa’s games in 2008, as well as for 17 touchdowns. Iowa defeated South Carolina 31-10 in the 2009 Outback Bowl Jan. 1; Greene picked up 121 yards and 3 touchdowns to take the game MVP Award.

Former Yale Bulldogs and Dallas Cowboys running back Calvin HillAs a college running back, Hill led Yale to Ivy League championships in 1967 and ’68. A four-time Pro Bowl selection who played 12 seasons in the NFL, he was named NFL Rookie of the Year and won All-Pro honors as a first-round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. In 1972, he became the first Cowboy running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. Since his retirement from football, Hill has served as vice president of the Baltimore Orioles and helped establish the Calvin Hill Day Care Center at Yale. Currently he is a player-development consultant with the Dallas Cowboys. His son, Grant, plays professional basketball with the Phoenix Suns.

The presentation banquet will be hosted by Lee Corso, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, co-hosts of “ESPN College Gameday.” For more information, contact the Office of Program Services, 214-768-4314.

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McFadden, Allen to be honored at Doak Walker Awards banquet

Darren Mcfadden and Marcus AllenUniversity of Arkansas junior Darren McFadden will receive the 2007 Doak Walker Award at a 7 p.m. presentation banquet Feb. 15 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. In 2007, McFadden earned 20 touchdowns rushing, receiving and passing and led the Southeastern Conference with 1,725 rushing yards – setting the Arkansas single-season and career rushing records. McFadden also was the 2006 recipient of the award and is its second two-time recipient.

Marcus Allen, former USC and NFL great, will receive the 2007 PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award. During his senior year with the Trojans, Allen earned the 1981 Heisman Trophy and became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards (2,342 total). An NFL and Super Bowl MVP, he played for 16 seasons with the Oakland (now Los Angeles) Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs and is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Allen and his wife, Kathryn, serve as spokespeople for Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities.

The presentation banquet will be hosted by Lee Corso, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, co-hosts of “ESPN College Gameday.” For more information, contact the Office of Program Services, 8-4314.