The Doak Walker Award is the only major college football 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. It recognizes the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Wisconsin's Montee Ball won the 2012 Doak Walker Award.

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The Doak Walker Award nominees

Ka'Deem Carey: Not that the Arizona junior needed a lot more padding on his résumé for being one of the top running backs in the nation, but Carey notched a 206-yard, four-touchdown performance in a stunning 42-16 upset of Oregon in November, breaking the school record for rushing yards in the process. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season and has four multiple-TD games. He has also caught 26 balls, one for a touchdown.

Bishop Sankey: The Washington junior has scored a touchdown in every game this season, including three in a late-November 69-27 drubbing of Oregon State. His career total is currently 35, passing Huskies great Napoleon Kaufman and eliciting a tweet from Kaufman that read "Bishop is making the old Dawg smile!" His 1,775 yards already has broken the single-season rushing record of 1,695 set by Corey Dillon in 1996.

Andre Williams: While the nation was busy watching the Red Sox win a World Series and the Patriots get off to a 4-0 start, Boston College senior Andre Williams was quietly starting a Heisman-worthy season in the shadows. Williams leads the nation in rushing, 221 yards ahead of his nearest competitor. The four games before his injury vs. Syracuse: 166 yards, two touchdowns; 295 yards, two touchdowns; 339 yards, two touchdowns; 263 yards, two touchdowns.

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