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Football: Best on Walker list

Jahvid Best was named as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award yesterday. The honor is given to the best running back in the nation. Here’s Best’s competition.

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  • uh oh.

    Just stay healthy and all will be okay. That’s my only concern.

  • AmyFan4Life

    What! Not a single SC RB? What has happened to all of those 5-star RBs?

  • iamalcindor

    Best is overhyped. He will barely make 2nd or 3rd team All Pac-10 at the end of the year.

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  • abe

    The dude who led the Pac10 in total rushing yards, spent most of the season leading the nation in all purpose yards, spent all of the season leading the nation in yards per carry, possibly a Heisman candidate, regardless of how slim his chances of actually winning it might be,…etc, “will barely make 2nd or 3rd team All Pac10 at the end of the year”. There was a time when people were capable of being hardcore fans, all the way, without the compromise of rational. Whats next?

  • CalFBFan

    Care to qualify your statement and back up your assertion with solid arguments, Alcindor?

  • TrumanHugh

    Let’s not forget that Jahvid Best achieved most of those amazing stats INJURED, having missed a couple games on top of that!! He was never 100% last season and yet he still managed to lead the conference and finsih third in the country.

    Imagine the stats he’s going to amass at full health?! (I guess some people already are, thus the baseless, ill-informed comments from the nervous competition!)

    I like that Jahvid Best’s attitude is no where near that of DeSean Jackson. Best seems to be more about the Team’s best interest, while Jackson was all about making it on the ESPN highlight reel.

    I feel much better with all the current preseason hype than I did a couple of years back. I think the meltdowns and implosions of seasons past have humbled our sturdy Golden Bears, which allows them a more honest perspective.

    From all I’ve read–various quotes from coaches, players, and journalists–they appear to be listening beyond the media chatter and hype and focusing instead on what they are realistically capable of achieving.

    Again, from all I’ve read, it appears that they are realistically capable of achieving a great deal this year.

    Go Bears!

  • iamalcindor

    Just like my previous predictions about Texas Tech, Tennessee on the Rocky Top and Maryland, this one will come true.

    Everyone is sick and tired of hearing about Best and will do their best (no pun intended) to stop him. Just see last years U$C game stats.

    It’s easy to rack up 300 yard per game playing against cupcakes like Wazzu and UW.

  • calbear

    Newsflash – every pac-10 team plays against those teams. Best may have not performed that great against Maryland and USC, but the kid obviously has tons of talent.
    Everyone brought him up at the pac-10 media day – someone they’re obviously looking forward to going against because he is good.

    Who is tired of hearing about Best? Certainly not the East Coast… Furd’s coach didn’t even know who he was…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    CalFBFan Says:
    August 5th, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    Care to qualify your statement and back up your assertion with solid arguments, Alcindor? >>>>>> 1) The Quizz is a better inside runner and runs better in big game situations; 2) Best can’t stay healthy for an entire season; 3) Blount from Oregon wil have a huge year and people will forget Best.

  • Goldiebear

    After the hit he took against Maryland, it’s not too surprising Best wasn’t at his best that day.