The PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced today that running back Will Shipley has been named as one of 73 members on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back. Additional information from the PwC SMU Athletic Forum is included below.
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DALLAS – The PwC SMU Athletic Forum released today the preseason candidates for the 2022 Doak Walker Award. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back.
The list features Lew Nichols III from Central Michigan who led the nation in rushing last season. Highlighting the list are 2021 Doak Walker Award semifinalists TreVeyon Henderson of Ohio State, Bijan Robinson of Texas, Sean Tucker of Syracuse and Deuce Vaughn of Kansas State. 2020 semifinalist Mohamed Ibrahim is also featured 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.
Devon Achane (Jr.), Texas A&MBraelon Allen (So.), WisconsinRasheen Ali (So.), MarshallRonald Awaft (Sr.), UTEPTank Bigsby (Jr.), AuburnIsiaih Bowser (Sr.), UCFBritish Brooks (Sr.), North CarolinaJarek Broussard (Sr.), Michigan StateAntario Brown (So.), Northern IllinoisChase Brown (Jr.), IllinoisJermaine Brown (Jr.), UABNate Carter (So.), UCONNZach Charbonnet (Sr.), UCLABlake Corum (Jr.), MichiganTravis Dye (Sr.), USCJustice Ellison (So.), Wake ForestSamson Evans (Jr.), Eastern MichiganDeshaun Fenwick (Jr.), Oregon StateAlex Fontenot (Sr.), ColoradoPat Garwo (Jr.), Boston CollegeFrank Gore, Jr. (So.), Southern MissEric Gray (Sr.), OklahomaGerald Green (Jr.), Georgia SouthernTucker Gregg (Sr.), Georgia StateHassan Hall (Sr.), Georgia TechDeion Hankins (So.), UTEPTreVeyon Henderson (So.), Ohio StateGeorge Holani (Jr.), Boise StateEvan Hull (Sr.), NorthwesternMohamed Ibrahim (Sr.), MinnesotaDillon Johnson (Jr.), Mississippi StateRoschon Johnson (Sr.), TexasAustin Jones (Sr.), USCJohnnie Lang, Jr. (Sr.), Arkansas StateKeyvone Lee (So.), Penn StateJoquavious Marks (Jr.), Mississippi StateDeWayne McBride (Jr.), UABChez Mellusi (Sr.), WisconsinKendre Miller (Jr.), TCUJordan Mims (Sr.), Fresno StateKeaton Mitchell (So.), East CarolinaDamien Moore (Jr.), CalDevin Neal (So.), KansasLew Nichols, III (So.), Central MichiganNate Noel (So.), App StateNathaniel Peat (Sr.), MissouriCamerun Peoples (Jr.), App StateDominic Richardson (Jr.), Oklahoma StateJohnny Richardson (Jr.), UCFBijan Robinson (Jr.), TexasRaheim Sanders (So.), ArkansasWill Shipley (So.), ClemsonShaun Shivers (Sr.), IndianaJabari Small (Jr.), TennesseeChris Smith (Jr.), LouisianaDontae Smith (Jr.), Georgia TechE.J. Smith (Jr.), StanfordTyjae Spears (So.), TulaneTitus Swen (Jr.), WyomingTavion Thomas (Jr.), UtahSean Tucker (So.), SyracuseCalvin Tyler, Jr. (Sr.), Utah StateSean Tyler (Jr.), Western MichiganChris Tyree (Jr.), Notre DameXazavian Valladay (Sr.), Arizona StateDeuce Vaughn (Jr.), Kansas StateKimani Vidal (So.), TroyBlake Watson (Jr.), Old DominionTreshaun Ward (So.), Florida StateHarrison Waylee (So.), Northern IllinoisJalen White (Jr.), Georgia SouthernJamyest Williams (Sr.), Georgia StateNay’Quan Wright (Jr.), Florida
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 2022 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.
Honoring the legends of sports for 33 years, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum celebrates outstanding success in athletics. Based in Dallas, the series features major figures from a variety of sports. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum includes four luncheons and the prestigious Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet.
The Doak Walker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org and @NCFAA on Twitter to learn more about the association.
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fourteen of the association’s 25 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates.