McNeal makes Doak Walker watch list

USC running back Curtis McNeal has made the Doak Walker Award watch list, it was announced Thursday.

The Walker Award goes to the nation's best running back each season. It's McNeal's first time being recognized for the award.

The senior McNeal ran for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns on just 145 carries last season, finishing the year averaging almost seven yards per carry.

Seven other Pac-12 backs were put on the list Thursday, including UCLA's Johnathan Franklin, Oregon's Kenjon Barner and Stanford's Stepfan Taylor.

There is just one more watch list set to be released this week, capping off the flurry of announcements over the last 10 days. The Walter Camp Award, which goes to the best player in all of college football, will release its watch list Friday.