The PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced today that Clemson running back Lyn-J Dixon has been named as one of 82 players on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award. Additional information from award organizers is included below.
DALLAS – The PwC SMU Athletic Forum released today the preseason candidates for the 2021 Doak Walker Award. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back.
The list features 2020 Doak Walker Award finalist Breece Hall from Iowa State. Last season as a sophomore, Hall led the nation in total rushing yards with 1,572 and was a first-team All-America selection. 2019 Doak Walker Award semifinalists Mohammed Ibrahim (Minnesota), Sincere McCormick (UTSA), Isaiah Spiller (Texas A&M) and Kyren Williams (Notre Dame) are all among the list of preseason candidates.
University athletic departments nominate candidates for the award and can continue to do so through October. The complete list of candidates is below.
Tyler Allgeier (So.), BYUChristian Beal-Smith (Jr.), Wake ForestUlysses Bentley, IV (So.), SMUJalen Berger (Fr.), WisconsinTank Bigsby (So.), AuburnDarius Boone (Fr.), Eastern MichiganMax Borghi (Sr.), Washington StateKennedy Brooks (Jr.), OklahomaShamari Brooks (Sr.), TulsaJarek Broussard (So.), ColoradoChase Brown (So.), IllinoisLD Brown (Sr.), Oklahoma StateLeddie Brown (Sr.), West VirginiaNoah Cain (Jr.), Penn StateMulbah Car (Sr.), HoustonStephen Carr (Sr.), IndianaCameron Carroll (So.), TulaneTy Chandler (Sr.), North CarolinaDestin Coates (Jr.), Georgia StateJashaun Corbin (So.), Florida StateReMahn Davis (Jr.), VanderbiltLyn-J Dixon (Sr.), ClemsonMataeo Durant (Sr.), DukeJerrion Ealy (Jr.), Ole MissZach Evans (So.), TCUTayon Fleet-Davis (Sr.), MarylandAlex Fontenot (Jr.), ColoradoJahmyr Gibbs (Fr.), Georgia TechTyler Goodson (Jr.), IowaFrank Gore, Jr. (So.), Southern MissEric Gray (Jr.), OklahomaBreece Hall (Jr.), Iowa StateKevin Harris (Jr.), South CarolinaRahjai Harris (So.), East CarolinaGeorge Holani (So.), Boise StateMohamed Ibrahim (Sr.), MinnesotaKeaontay Ingram (Sr.), USCDillon Johnson (So.), Mississippi StateAustin Jones (Jr.), StanfordJD King (Sr.), Georgia SouthernZonovan Knight (Jr.), NC StateBryant Koback (Jr.), ToledoKeyvone Lee (So.), Penn StateKobe Lewis (Jr.), Central MichiganJohn Lovett (Sr.), Penn StateVavae Malepeai (Sr.), USCJoquavious Marks (So.), Mississippi StateKevin Marks (Sr.), BuffaloJordan Mason (Jr.), Georgia TechDeWayne McBride (So.), UABSincere McCormick (Jr.), UTSASean McGew (Sr.), WashingtonJalen Mitchell (Fr.), LouisvilleMarcel Murray (Jr.), Arkansas StateLew Nichols (Fr.), Central MichiganCamerun Peoples (Jr.), Appalachian StateCam Porter (So.), NorthwesternD’Vonte Price (Sr.), FIUDeneric Prince (Jr.), TulsaRonnie Rivers (Sr.), Fresno StateBijan Robinson (So.), TexasBrian Robinson, Jr. (Sr.), AlabamaChris Rodriguez, Jr. (Jr.), KentuckyJabari Small (So.), TennesseeChris Smith (So.), LouisianaTrelon Smith (Jr.), ArkansasIsaiah Spiller (Jr.), Texas A&MBrock Sturges (Jr.), Texas StateSaRodorick Thompson (Jr.), Texas TechLawrance Toafili (Fr.), Florida StateChip Trayanum (Fr.), Arizona StateSean Tucker (So.), SyracuseCalvin Turner, Jr. (Sr.), HawaiiXazavian Valladay (Jr.), WyomingDeuce Vaughn (So.), Kansas StateKimani Vidal (Fr.), TroyKenneth Walker, III (Jr.), Michigan StateHarrison Waylee (Fr.), Northern IllinoisRachaad White (Jr.), Arizona StateMichael Wiley (Jr.), ArizonaKyren Williams (So.), Notre DameLogan Wright (Sr.), Georgia Southern
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced in November. The committee will cast a second vote in December to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2020 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards.
The award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.