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Doak Walker Snub or Penn State Mistake?

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Kristofer Green

Evan Royster's absence from the Doak Walker Award watch list was not an oversight by the award committee. Turns out the fine folks at the Doak Walker Award didn't make a mistake at all.

You can blame this one on Penn State football staffers.

Royster, the Big Ten's leading returning rusher, was not nominated for the award by his school and the committee had no choice but to leave his name off.

Kevin McGuire of Examiner.com reports:

"The initial list that has been released is actually a non-traditional list of players nominated by the universities. After hearing from Jeff Lockhart, Manager of Athletic Forum and Programs at Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum, and one of the contacts for the Doak Walker Award, tells me that Penn State has not yet nominated Royster for the award."

The watch list that was released on August 4 was not a traditional watch list, but simply a list of candidates nominated by their respective universities as of August 4, 2009. Royster 's omission will not negatively affect his chance to win the award.

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