Doak Walker Award

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Doak Walker Award
Given for The nation's top college football running back
Country United States
Presented by SMU
First award 1990
Most recent Bryce Love, Stanford

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 2016 winner of the Doak Walker Award was D'Onta Foreman of Texas, 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.


Toby Gerhart's Doak Walker Award on display at the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame
Year Winner School Ref
1990 Lewis, GregGreg Lewis Washington
1991 Cobb, TrevorTrevor Cobb Rice
1992 Hearst, GarrisonGarrison Hearst Georgia
1993 Morris, Byron "Bam"Byron "Bam" Morris Texas Tech
1994 Salaam, RashaanRashaan Salaam Colorado
1995 George, EddieEddie George Ohio State
1996 Hanspard, ByronByron Hanspard Texas Tech
1997 Williams, RickyRicky Williams Texas
1998 Williams, RickyRicky Williams Texas
1999 Dayne, RonRon Dayne Wisconsin
2000 Tomlinson, LaDainianLaDainian Tomlinson TCU
2001 Staley, LukeLuke Staley BYU
2002 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson Penn State
2003 Perry, ChrisChris Perry Michigan
2004 Benson, CedricCedric Benson Texas
2005 Bush, ReggieReggie Bush USC
2006 McFadden, DarrenDarren McFadden Arkansas
2007 McFadden, DarrenDarren McFadden Arkansas [1]
2008 Greene, ShonnShonn Greene Iowa [2]
2009 Gerhart, TobyToby Gerhart Stanford [3]
2010 James, LaMichaelLaMichael James Oregon [4]
2011 Richardson, TrentTrent Richardson Alabama [5]
2012 Ball, MonteeMontee Ball Wisconsin [6]
2013 Williams, AndreAndre Williams Boston College [7]
2014 Gordon, MelvinMelvin Gordon Wisconsin [8]
2015 Henry, DerrickDerrick Henry Alabama [9]
2016 Foreman, D'OntaD'Onta Foreman Texas [10]
2017 Love, BryceBryce Love Stanford


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  3. ^ "Stanford's Toby Gerhart wins Doak Walker Award". The Mercury News. December 10, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Oregon RB LaMichael James wins Doak Walker Award". San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. December 9, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Alabama's Trent Richardson wins Doak Walker Award". Associated Press. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ Temple, Jesse (December 6, 2012). "Wisconsin's Ball wins Doak Walker Award". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hightower, Kyle (December 12, 2013). "BC's Andre Williams Wins Doak Walker Award". Associated Press. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (December 11, 2014). "Melvin Gordon wins Doak Walker Award as top running back". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Alabama's Derrick Henry wins Doak Walker Award". USA Today. Associated Press. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ Howe, Jeff (December 9, 2016). "Texas RB D'Onta Foreman wins the Doak Walker Award". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 

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