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DALLAS — Brigham Young's Luke Staley on Monday accepted the Doak Walker Award, which honors the nation's top college running back.

Staley, 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, ran for a school-record 1,582 yards despite missing two games last season. He was a first-team All-America selection.

The Cougars were 12-0 and ranked in the top 10 after Staley broke a leg and tore ankle ligaments near the end of a 41-38 win at Mississippi State on Dec. 1. Staley, from Tualatin, Ore., didn't play in a 72-45 loss at Hawaii the following week, and BYU dropped to No. 19.

Also honored during the annual award banquet was former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett, who received the Legends Award. The award was created in 1998 to honor former running backs who excelled at the collegiate level and distinguished themselves as leaders in their communities.

Dorsett joined previous winners Gale Sayers, Archie Griffin and Pete Dawkins.

Staley, whose 28 touchdowns set another BYU record and led the nation, has decided to skip his senior season and declare for the 2002 NFL draft. Because of ankle surgery, he wasn't able to play in the Liberty Bowl and won't be able to work out for scouts at the NFL combine in Indianapolis in late February.

The draft is in April.