Gale Sayers Award Finalists


The Gale Sayers Award, named after the all time great Kansas running back, is given to the most elusive back in the nation. In the spirit of its namesake, this is an award that takes highlight reels into account and will eventually become a who's who list of the most athletic college players to ever carry the ball.

Surprisingly there aren't a lot of candidates to choose from for this award in 2008, but the few finalists chosen by J.Pike are impressive.

J.Pike's Finalists

(Sophomore RB, California)
Key Stats
Rushing: 1,394 yards, 8.0 avg, 13 td, long run of 86 yds;
Receiving: 27 receptions, 246 yards, 1 td;
Kick Returns: 378 yards, 29.1 average;
183.5 all-purpose yards per game;
Ran for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns in the season finale against Washington;
Highlight reel: [LINK]

(Sophomore RB, West Virginia)
Key Stats
Rushing: 1,228 yards, 6.4 avg, 3 td, long run of 92 yds;
Receiving: 34 receptions, 171 yards;
120.5 all-purpose yards per game;
Highlight reel: [LINK]

(Junior WR/RB, Florida)
Key Stats
Receiving: 35 receptions, 595 yards, 17.0 avg, 7 td, long of 70 yds;
Rushing: 538 yards, 8.8 avg, 9 td, long run of 80 yds;
103.0 all-purpose yards per game, 16 total touchdowns;
Harvin is the most important cog in the potent Florida offense - not Tim Tebow;
Highlight reel: [LINK]

(Sophomore RB, Oklahoma State)
Key Stats
Rushing: 1,518 yards, 6.7 avg, 14 td, long of 68;
Receiving: 20 receptions, 186 yards, 1 td;
143.1 all-purpose yards per game, 15 total touchdowns;
Hunter is the most dynamic back in the Big XII - and he's only a sophomore!
Highlight play: [LINK]
Highlight play from 2007: [LINK]

(Sophomore RB, Georgia)
Key Stats
Rushing: 1,338 yards, 5.9 avg, 16 td, long run of 68 yds;
Receiving: 27 receptions, 329 yards, 1 td
141.4 all-purpose yards per game;
Moreno runs with a determination matched only by former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson;
Highlight reel: [LINK]
Highlight reel (2007 vs Florida) [LINK]

(Freshman RB, Oregon State)
Key Stats
Rushing: 1,253 yards, 4.8 avg, 11 td
Receiving: 29 receptions, 247 yards, 1 td
136.4 all-purpose yards per game;
The true freshman led Oregon State in the win over USC with 186 yards and 2 touchdowns;
Highlight reel: [LINK]

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