Dec. 11, 2008
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Javon Ringer, one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, will represent Michigan State in Thursday night's Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show, which will air live at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Walt Disney World Resort. The award is presented annually to the nation's top running back.
Ringer is looking to become the first Spartan running back to win the prestigious award, which was created in 1989 to recognize the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. Iowa's Shonn Greene and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno are the other two finalists.
Tico Duckett was the only other Spartan to be named a Doak Walker finalist. He was one of eight finalists in 1990.
The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, features the live presentation of nine awards, along with the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show, hosted by ESPNU's Lowell Galindo and Tom Luginbill with Mike Gleason and Melissa Knowles reporting, will air on ESPNU from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and following the show at 9:30 p.m.
The 5-foot-9, 202-pound Ringer, who was a consensus All-Big Ten First Team selection, leads the nation in scoring (10.5 points per game) while ranking second in rushing touchdowns (21), third in rushing (132.5 yards per game) and 11th in all-purpose yards. He leads the Big Ten in scoring and all-purpose yards and ranks second in rushing. His 1,590 yards rank as the second-highest single-season rushing total in school history. Ringer became the first Spartan to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since T.J. Duckett in 2000-01.
Ringer has accounted for 96 percent of Michigan State's rushing yards (1,590 of 1,661) and 78 percent of its rushing attempts (370 of 477) in 2008. He has recorded seven 100-yard rushing games this season: Eastern Michigan (34 carries for 135 yards), Florida Atlantic (43 for 282), Notre Dame (39 for 201), Indiana (44 for 198), Northwestern (35 for 124), Michigan (37 for 194) and Purdue (32 for 121). Ringer became first offensive player in Big Ten history to earn Player of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks (vs. Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic and Notre Dame).
With his 1-yard TD run in the second quarter in the regular-season finale at Penn State, Ringer tied Jehuu Caulcrick's school single-season records for rushing TDs (21) and points scored (126). He has eight multi-TD games in 2008, including a career-best five scores vs. Eastern Michigan. His five rushing TDs represent the second-best single-game total in Spartan history, just one short of the school record held by Blake Ezor (6 rushing TDs vs. Northwestern, 1989).
His 370 carries also lead the nation - 32 more attempts than the second running back on the list. He has recorded four of the six highest single-game carry totals in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision this season (44 vs. Indiana, 43 vs. Florida Atlantic, 39 vs. Notre Dame and 37 vs. Michigan).
Ringer ranks first on MSU's all-time list in all-purpose yards (5,349), second in rushing yards (4,351) and fifth in rushing TDs (33). He also ranks among the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision active career leaders in carries (first with 823), all-purpose yards (second), rushing yards (third) and rushing TDs (13th). The Dayton, Ohio, native has 19 career 100-yard rushing games and 11 career multi-TD games.