UT’s Page, Thomas named to preseason award watch listsWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo wide receiver Eric Page and running back Adonis Thomas have both been named to preseason award watch lists.
Page, a junior out of Springfield High School in Toledo, is one of 40 players in the nation to be named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Award, given to the nation’s top player of the year. Page and Northern Illinois’ Chandler Harnish are the only two Mid-American Conference players listed.
Page received First-Team All-American honors as a kick returner last year. He ranked fourth in the nation in return average (31.8 ypr) and led the nation with three return touchdowns.
He also tied for fifth in the nation with 94 catches at receiver for 1,081 yards. He was selected as First-Team All-MAC at wide receiver and kick returner.
Thomas, a senior from Newark, N.J., is one of 51 rushers from across the country selected to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the top running back in the nation. Thomas was the lone MAC member among the 51 named.
Thomas earned Second-Team All-MAC honors last season leading all rushers with 1,273 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns. Temple’s Bernard Pierce received First-Team honors last year for the second-consecutive season despite finishing with 458 less yards than Thomas.
The lists will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 11 and the winner will be named live on ESPN on Dec. 8.