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"I guess I’m a lost soul in the running back world," Washington kidded. "All that does is motivate m...

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"I guess I’m a lost soul in the running back world," Washington kidded. "All that does is motivate me to prove to people that I can play with any running back in the country." The truth is, Missouri didn't nominate Washington. And that is pretty much the sole criteria for making the pre-season list for the Walker. There's no reason to believe the slight was intentional or used as a motivational prod. Washington played with a torn ligament most of last season, so he doesn't have to be urged. "That must have been an oversight," Chad Moller, MU sports information director, told me on Wednesday morning.

The KC Star's Campus Corner on D-Wash's big snub. As silly as it was that Mizzou forgot to nominate him, here's my question: why in the hell are players still nominated for "watch" lists? I understand how and why this would have been useful in the 1960s or something, before highlights (stats too, for that matter) of every player in the country, good or bad, became so easily obtainable. But now? You're telling me if some random, unnominated back rushes for 2,700 yards and 42 TD's, he's not going to win the Doak Walker Award because he wasn't nominated for the watch list? He will, meaning that at this point, this whole exercise is just to give reporters and writers something to write about...which is nice of them, but unnecessary.
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