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College Football Awards 2012: Michigan, Michigan State Each With Doak Walker Candidates

Michigan's Fitzgerald Toussaint and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell are each preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back.

Toussaint, a junior, had 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns on 187 carries last season. He was one of only five running backs to average more than 100 yards in Big Ten play and put up some of his biggest performances against conference foes. He had 192 yards and a touchdown against Illinois, 138 yards and two touchdowns against Nebraska and 120 yards on 20 carries against Ohio State.

Bell, also a junior, finished last season with 948 yards and 13 touchdowns on 142 carries. He had 112 yards and 20 touchdowns against Iowa and 106 yards and a touchdowns in the season finale against Wisconsin.

Trent Richardson of Alabama won the award last season.

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