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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Ringer gaining weight, named Maxwell semifinalist

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Javon Ringer has left plenty of defenders feeling sick this fall, but last week the Michigan State star running back was the one severely under the weather. Ringer dropped 10 pounds in several days because of a nasty virus, which kept him from eating.

A smallish back to begin with, Ringer checked in at just 192 pounds last Saturday and had a season-low 58 rushing yards in Michigan State's win against Wisconsin. Fortunately, Ringer is back up to 196 pounds and participating fully in practice.

The nation's second-leading rusher also was among the 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player. Other Big Ten players on the list include Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark and Iowa running back Shonn Greene. Connecticut's Donald Brown, Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Pitt's LeSean McCoy are the other running backs honored.

Here's the complete rundown of semifinalists: