Doak Walker Award
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Doak Walker Award
Doak Walker Award
Toby Gerhart's Doak Walker Award 1.JPG
Toby Gerhart's Doak Walker Award
Awarded forThe nation's top college football running back
CountryUnited States
Presented bySMU
First award1990
Most recentKenneth Walker III, Michigan State

Since 1990 the Doak Walker Award honors the top running back in college football in the United States. It is named in honor of Doak Walker, a former running back who played for the SMU Mustangs from 1945 to 1949 and in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions from 1950 to 1955. The player is selected by the award's National Selection Committee, which consists of notable sportswriters, television commentators, analysts, radio sports personalities and former All-America and NFL All-Pro football players.[1]

To qualify for the award, the following criteria must be met:[2]

  • Candidate plays predominantly at the running back position and has made extraordinary contributions to his team.
  • Candidate is enrolled in a degree program, is in good academic standing and is on schedule to graduate.
  • Candidate holds a record of good citizenship within and beyond the athletic sphere.
  • Candidate has demonstrated a record of leadership.
  • Candidate exhibits the characteristics of sportsmanship and fair play associated with Doak Walker.

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.

Notable Accomplishments

Wisconsin running backs won four times in eight years from 2012 to 2019 and Wisconsin has the most wins with 5.[3]

Ricky Williams (Texas - 1997, 1998), Darren McFadden (Arkansas - 2006, 2007) and Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin - 2018, 2019) are the only three players to win the award more than once.


Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


  1. ^ "Selection Committee - SMU".
  2. ^ "Selection Process - SMU".
  3. ^ a b c d Journal, Jason Galloway | Wisconsin State. "Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor becomes 4th Wisconsin player to win Doak Walker Award". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Dayne Wins Walker, Maxwell". CBS News. December 9, 1999. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson Named Winner of the 2000 Doak Walker Award Presented by Vectrix". Texas Christian University Athletics. December 9, 2000. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Tebow takes Maxwell, O'Brien; McFadden wins Walker". December 7, 2007. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (December 11, 2008). "Iowa's Greene wins Doak Walker Award". Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Stanford's Toby Gerhart wins Doak Walker Award". The Mercury News. December 10, 2009. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Oregon RB LaMichael James wins Doak Walker Award". San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. December 9, 2010. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Alabama's Trent Richardson wins Doak Walker Award". Associated Press. December 8, 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Temple, Jesse (December 6, 2012). "Wisconsin's Ball wins Doak Walker Award". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ Hightower, Kyle (December 12, 2013). "BC's Andre Williams Wins Doak Walker Award". Associated Press. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (December 11, 2014). "Melvin Gordon wins Doak Walker Award as top running back". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Zucker, Joseph (December 12, 2019). "Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor Wins 2019 Doak Walker Award as Nation's Best RB". Bleacher Report.
  15. ^ Martin, Tyler (January 7, 2021). "Alabama RB Najee Harris Wins 2020 Doak Walker Award". Sports Illustrated.

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