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Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton named preseason candidate for Doak Walker Award

On Nov. 10, 2012, junior running back Zurlon Tipton breaks through the Eastern Michigan defense during the second half of the game at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich.(File Photo by Andrew Kuhn)

On Nov. 10, 2012, junior running back Zurlon Tipton breaks through the Eastern Michigan defense during the second half of the game at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. (File Photo by Andrew Kuhn)

The preseason accolades keep coming for Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton.

Zurlon Tipton

Zurlon Tipton

On Thursday, Tipton, a senior from Detroit, was named one of 63 preseason candidates for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, presented by the PwC Athletic Forum at Southern Methodist University to the nation’s top running back.

Tipton is the only running back from the state of Michigan and one of seven players from the Mid-American Conference on the list. (See the list of finalists here.)

It is the second preseason honor for Tipton, who was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on July 8, another
postseason award to the nation’s top running back.

While leading the Chippewas’ rushing attack last season, Tipton finished fourth in the MAC in total yards (1,492) and 14th nationally in yards per game (115.1). He was the first running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Ontario Sneed in 2005.

Tipton was named second-team All-MAC in Athlon Sports’ preseason college football magazine, while Phil Steele has him third-team All-MAC.

Titus Davis, too

CMU’s top wide receiver, Titus Davis, is also receiving some preseason national recognition.

On Tuesday, the junior receiver was one of 75 players named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the nation’s top receiver. He is one of three players from the state (Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge and Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon) on the list.

Davis led the Chippewas in receiving last season with 860 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games, averaging more than 71 yards per game. It earned him second-team All-MAC status. He was suspended (violating team rules) for CMU’s bowl game, a 24-21 win over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

In his preseason college football magazine, Phil Steele has Davis first-team All-MAC at receiver.

CMU opens the 2013 season Aug. 31 at Michigan.

Contact Aaron McMann: aaron.mcmann@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronMcMann. Follow @CMLIFE_football, too.

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