LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13: Alvester Alexander #32 of the Wyoming Cowboys runs for a 72-yard touchdown against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium November 13 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Alvester Alexander has been a two year starter since arriving in Laramie as part of the original recruiting class under Dave Christensen. Now entering his junior season the tailback aims to make a larger impact in the Mountain West and on the national front. The Doak Walker award has recognized Alexander's efforts a named him to their watch list for the 2011 season.
The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.
Last year LaMichael James from Oregon was the winner of the award. Other Mountain West running backs also named to the watch list are: Air Force's Asher Clark, Boise's Doug Martin, TCU's Ed Wesley and Ronnie Hillman from San Diego State. Non-Conference opponents that made the list were Rex Burkhead from Nebraska and Robert Turbin of Utah State. That will give Alexander plenty of opportunities to show what he can do when facing some of the nation's best.
A native of Houston, Texas, Alexander will be one of the top running backs in the MW this fall, after a solid sophomore campaign in which he earned Honorable Mention All-MW honors. He led the Cowboys with 792 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 189 carries while starting all 12 games. His 66.0 yards per game average ranked fifth in the MW and No. 80 in the nation, while his 7.0 points per game was also fifth in the conference and No. 74 nationally.
During the 2010 season, Alexander set new UW school records for rushing touchdowns in a season (14) and in a game (5). He saved his best performance for last, when he notched a school-record five touchdowns along with 147 rushing yards on 23 carries in UW's season-finale victory over Colorado State. The effort earned him MW Offensive Player of the Week.
Alexander certainly is in a position to make his mark on the record books at Wyoming even bigger. He repeats the same stats he had in 2010 he would own the top spot on the career rushing touchdown list and sixth in career rushing yards. Plus he would have his entire senior year to set those marks even higher.
With the Pokes breaking in a freshman quarterback this season I expect the ground game to be utilized heavily in the early going. Alexander and the other stable of running backs will definitely see plenty of carries. Here is how Alexander currently ranks on the Wyoming career rushing lists.
It still amazes me that Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon were able to put themselves #1 and #3 for career rushing yards while playing together for four years.
University of Wyoming Career Rushing Yardage Leaders
Player and Years - Yards - Alexander Trails By
1. Devin Moore, 2005-08 2,963 (1,531)
2. Ryan Christopherson, 1991-94 2,906 (1,474)
3. Wynel Seldon, 2005-08 2,672 (1,240)
4. Marques Brigham, 1995-98 2,605 (1,173)
5. Gerald Abraham, 1984-87 2,278 ( 846)
6. Derek Armah, 2000-03 2,190 ( 758)
7. Kevin Lowe, 1981-84 2,188 ( 756)
8. Walt Goffigan, 1980-83 2,167 ( 735)
9. Dabby Dawson, 1988-89 2,124 ( 692)
10. Latraia Jones, 1975-78 2,017 ( 585)
Alvester Alexander, 2009-Present 1,432
University of Wyoming Career Rushing Touchdown Leaders
Player and Years - TDs
1. Eddie Talboom, 1948-50 34
2. Phil Davis, 1978-81 30
3. Kevin Lowe, 1981-84 26
Walt Goffigan, 1980-83 26
5. Marques Brigham, 1995-98 25
6. Wynel Seldon, 2005-08 22
7. Alvester Alexander, 2009-Present 21