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University of Oregon running back LaMichael James was recognized Thursday as the nation's best college running back, with the Doak Walker Award. James is widely considered to be Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton's closest rival for the Heisman Trophy.  The Skanner News Video 
UPDATE: Cam Newton was awarded the Heisman Trophy Saturday.

James also won the Walter Camp All-America award sealing the deal for becoming a concensus All-American.

Cam Newton won the Davey O'Brien Award, the Walter Camp All-American quarterback and the Maxwell Award for college football's outstanding player.

Auburn and Oregon will play each other Jan. 10, for the national college championship.

The Heisman Trophy, ceremony held in New York Saturday will air live on ESPN at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

A new NCAA report shows that black football players outnumber whites on Division I teams for the first time since the survey began more than a decade ago.

The annual Race and Ethnicity Report released this week found that 45.8 percent of football players in the NCAA's top division were black in 2009-10, compared with 45.1 percent who were white. The statistics cover both Division I divisions.

The NCAA began tracking athletes' race and ethnicity in 1999. That year, 51.3 percent of Division I football players were white and 39.5 percent were black.

In Division I men's basketball, black athletes account for nearly 61 percent of participants, compared to 55 percent in 1999.

Other sports saw less significant changes over the 10-year period. More than 80 percent of NCAA baseball players and wrestlers remain white, for example.

PHOTO: Top Cam Newton; Center LaMichael James   The Skanner News Video: LaMichael James in action

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