Doak Walker Award
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 2019 winner of the Doak Walker Award was Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin. A Badgers running back has won it four times in the last eight years, and no school has won more Doak Walker Awards than Wisconsin (5). Taylor is one of only three players to win the award more than once, with the others being Ricky Williams of Texas (1997, 1998), and Darren McFadden of Arkansas (2006, 2007).
|Doak Walker Award|
|Given for||The nation's top college football running back|
|Most recent||Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin|
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.
|1993||Byron "Bam" Morris||Texas Tech|
|1995||Eddie George||Ohio State|
|1996||Byron Hanspard||Texas Tech (2)|
|1998||Ricky Williams (2)||Texas (2)|
|2002||Larry Johnson||Penn State|
|2004||Cedric Benson||Texas (3)|
|2007||Darren McFadden (2)||Arkansas (2)|||
|2012||Montee Ball||Wisconsin (2)|||
|2013||Andre Williams||Boston College|||
|2014||Melvin Gordon||Wisconsin (3)|||
|2015||Derrick Henry||Alabama (2)|||
|2016||D'Onta Foreman||Texas (4)|||
|2017||Bryce Love||Stanford (2)|||
|2018||Jonathan Taylor||Wisconsin (4)|||
|2019||Jonathan Taylor (2)||Wisconsin (5)|||
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