Scott Named a Doak Walker Award Candidate
Aug. 4, 2009
DALLAS - Junior Da'Rel Scott was named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, which honors the top running back in the nation, for the second consecutive year.
Scott was one of 45 backs, including six from the Atlantic Coast Conference, selected as a preseason candidate for the award Tuesday by the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors.
He is coming off one of the top seasons in school history and was a consensus preseason All-ACC choice this summer. Scott was a first-team selection by the Phil Steele's College Football Preview and a second-team choice by Athlon and Lindy's.
The Conshohocken, Pa., native rushed for 1,133 rushing yards in 2008, the seventh highest single-season total in school history.
He ranked second in the ACC in rushing (94.4 ypg) en route to first team all-league honors. Scott had five 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 197 yards vs. Delaware (Aug. 30) and a Maryland postseason-record 174 in the victory over Nevada in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl (Dec. 30).
Scott was added to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award (top college player) midway through last season.
Semifinalists will be selected on Nov. 11, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 23.
The recipient of the 2009 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 10. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 in Dallas.
For a complete list of candidates for the 2009 Doak Walker Award click here.
Scott and the Terps begin preseason practice Monday.
Chillin' With the Fridge: Ralph Friedgen and members of the coaching staff will hold a meet-and-greet session - Chillin' with the Fridge - for football fans on Thursday, Aug. 6 at Caddie's on Cordell in Bethesda, Md. Friedgen, assistant head coach/offensive coordinator James Franklin, defensive coordinator Don Brown and special teams coordinator Charles Bankins will be available from 6-8 p.m. to visit with the crowd and give insight into the upcoming season.
Planck Featured on `Football Saturdays in the South': Former Maryland football player and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank is featured on the second installment of `Football Saturdays in the South,' a summer television series which is in its sixth season. The series, with six one-hour episodes, is syndicated in 58 markets throughout the greater Southeast and Atlantic coast with Tim Brando serving as the host. The second installment airs locally on WTTG (Fox 5) at 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information click here.
Preseason Practice Open to MGN and Terrapin Club: Preseason practice kicks off Monday at the Terps' on-campus practice facility. Workouts are closed to the general public, but open to members of the Maryland Gridiron Network (MGN) and Terrapin Club. Click here to view a preseason practice schedule. MGN members and Terrapin Club members can check in at the main gate.
Tyser Tower Expansion Project: The newly-expanded Tyser Tower will officially open at the first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 12 vs. James Madison. The renovated towers include 64 luxury suites, and over 400 new mezzanine seats. Suites are available now on multi-year, annual and single-game lease terms and offer the most luxurious game viewing experience. Mezzanine Seating is available now on lifetime, 10-year or annual lease terms, and feature complimentary in-seat food and beverage service. For more information on these premium seating opportunities at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium, please call the Terrapin Club at (301) 314-7020, send an e-mail or visit www.GreatExpectationsAthletics.com.
Football Season Tickets on Sale: Season tickets for this fall's seven-game home slate, which includes matchups with Rutgers, Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech, start as low as $135 and are on sale through the Maryland Athletics Ticket Office. To purchase season tickets, call 1-800-IM-A-TERP or click here.