Ohio State, UK running backs, Mt. Healthy grad on Doak Walker watch list
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Ohio State sophomore Mike Weber, University of Kentucky sophomore Benny Snell Jr. and Mount Healthy High School graduate David Montgomery are among the 61 candidates announced on Thursday for the Doak Walker Award, which honors the top running back in college football.
The award was initiated in 1990 and is named in honor of Doak Walker a star halfback in college for the SMU Mustangs from 1946-49 and in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions from 1950-57.
Weber rushed for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns last year as a redshirt freshman and averaged 6.0 yards per carry. He started all 13 games he participated.
Snell Jr. set six UK freshman records in 2016, including most rushing touchdowns in a game (four), most rushing yards by a freshman (1,091), most rushing touchdowns by a freshman (13), most total touchdowns by a freshman (13), most 100-yard rushing games (five) and most rushing yards by a freshman in a single game (192).
Montgomery, who is a sophomore at Iowa State, was a quarterback in high school. He played in all 12 games last season, starting the final four contests, and led the team in rushing with 563 yards on 109 carries. His rushing total was the second-best season effort by a Cyclone freshman in school history.
There will be 10 semifinalists announced on Nov. 15 and three finalists named on Nov. 20. The winner will be announced on Dec. 7 during The Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.
The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football, are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Seventeen of the association's 23 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates.
Following is the entire 2017 preseason watch list calendar:
- Monday July 10: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
- Tuesday July 11: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
- Wednesday July 12: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
- Thursday July 13: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
- Friday July 14: Jim Thorpe Award
- Monday July 17: Butkus Award / Paul Hornung Award
- Tuesday July 18: Biletnikoff Award / Wuerffel Trophy
- Wednesday July 19: Davey O'Brien Award
- Thursday July 20: Doak Walker Award
- Friday July 21: Walter Camp Award