Doak Walker Award
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Doak Walker Award
Doak Walker Award
Given forThe nation's top college football running back
CountryUnited States
Presented bySMU
First award1990
Most recentJonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the top running back in college football in the United States. It is named in honor of Doak Walker, a star halfback in college for the SMU Mustangs and in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions. The 2019 winner of the Doak Walker Award was Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin. A Badgers running back has won it four times in the last eight years, and no school has won more Doak Walker Awards than Wisconsin (5).[1] Taylor is one of only three players to win the award more than once, with the others being Ricky Williams of Texas (1997, 1998), and Darren McFadden of Arkansas (2006, 2007).

The award requires all candidates to be:

  • in good academic standing, and
  • on schedule to graduate within one year of students in their eligibility classification.

The award recipient receives a sculpture of Doak Walker, cast in bronze and mounted on a wooden base. It was created by artist Blair Buswell, who has sculpted the busts of more than a dozen inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



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  2. ^ "Tebow takes Maxwell, O'Brien; McFadden wins Walker". December 7, 2007. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (December 11, 2008). "Iowa's Greene wins Doak Walker Award". Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Stanford's Toby Gerhart wins Doak Walker Award". The Mercury News. December 10, 2009. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Oregon RB LaMichael James wins Doak Walker Award". San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. December 9, 2010. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Alabama's Trent Richardson wins Doak Walker Award". Associated Press. December 8, 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Temple, Jesse (December 6, 2012). "Wisconsin's Ball wins Doak Walker Award". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Hightower, Kyle (December 12, 2013). "BC's Andre Williams Wins Doak Walker Award". Associated Press. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (December 11, 2014). "Melvin Gordon wins Doak Walker Award as top running back". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Zucker, Joseph (December 12, 2019). "Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor Wins 2019 Doak Walker Award as Nation's Best RB". Bleacher Report.

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