Dec. 1, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- University of Virginia tailback Thomas Jones is one of
three finalists announced by the Southwestern BellSMU Athletic Forum Board
of Directors today for the 1999 Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award. Jones is
joined by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne and Shaun Alexander from Alabama.
"Not only are Shaun Alexander, Ron Dayne and Thomas Jones excellent running
backs, they are outstanding young men," said Jim Turner, chief executive
officer of the Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas. "All three of our
finalists have represented their schools well both on and off the field and
embody the spirit of the Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award."
As the three finalists, Jones, Dayne and Alexander will be flown to
Orlando, Fla., next week for ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show
on Dec. 9. The winner of the 1999 Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award will be
announced live on the show, which will air on ESPN at 5:00 p.m. (EST) and
will be rebroadcast on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. (EST).
"Over the years, some things about the game have changed, but the award is
still presented to people who are in the same mold as Doak," said Greg
Lewis, the inaugural winner of the Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award in 1990 and
member of the National Selection Committee.
The award will officially be presented at the 10th anniversary Dr Pepper
Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet on Monday, January 24, 2000 in
This continues what has been a very rewarding postseason for Jones. UVa's
all-time leading rusher has been named first-team All-American by the
Football Writers Association of America, Football News magazine, the Walter
Jones is third nationally this season in both rushing and all-purpose
yards. He set ACC and school records with 1798 yards rushing (163.5 ypg)
and 2054 all-purpose yards (186.7 ypg). Jones if Virginia's all-time
leading rusher and ranks fourth in ACC history. This season he became the
first player in more than a decade to lead the ACC in rushing two seasons
in a row.
The Cavaliers, 7-4 overall this season, are set to face Illinois (7-4) in
the Micronpc.com Bowl at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Dec. 30 at