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Cameron Artis-Payne semifinalist for Doak Walker
Nov. 19, 2014

Cameron Artis-Payne looks back after another touchdown for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Cameron Artis-Payne continues to attract the attention of defenders and the people who hand out awards.

The Auburn running back, who leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing, was named a semifinalist Wednesday for the Doak Walker Award, which honors the nation's best back.

Artis-Payne leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 1,276 yards and has the league's best single rushing game with the 221 yards he gained against Texas A&M. He's rushed for at least 100 yards in seven games this season.

He's the second consecutive Auburn running back to lead the SEC in rushing. Tre Mason did it last year. 

"It's fine to lead the SEC in rushing, but at the end of the day it's about getting wins as a team, so individual success will come with that," Artis-Payne has said.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says both Artis-Payne and Mason provided the spark.

"Tre Mason was nothing but a winner and Cameron has been nothing but a winner. It gives you great confidence as a coach," Malzahn said.

Artis-Payne is 11th in rushing nationally.

The other Doak Walker semifinalists are Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska, Jay Ajayi of Boise State, Javorius Allen of Southern California, Matt Breida of Georgia Southern, Tevin Coleman of Indiana, James Conner of Pittsburgh, Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, Devon Johnson of Marshall and Duke Johnson of Miami.

Three finalists will be named next Tuesday and the winner will be announced Dec. 11.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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