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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 2018 winner of the Doak Walker Award was Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin.[1] 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.
Doak Walker Award
Given forThe nation's top college football running back
CountryUnited States
Presented bySMU
First award1990
Most recentJonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

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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  11. ^ 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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