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. The 2011 recipient of the Doak Walker Award was Alabama's Trent Richardson.
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Statistics as of Monday, Nov. 19.
The Doak Walker Award Nominees
Montee Ball: Wisconsin's All-American running back is having another huge year, rushing for more than 1,400 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns on the ground. Against Ohio State, Ball tied the FBS record for career touchdowns with his 78th and still has a chance to break the record. Ball has seven 100-yard rushing games this season, including a 247-yard effort against Purdue. He's averaging more than 128 yards per game.
Kenjon Barner: Oregon's senior speedster has enjoyed an outstanding year and is closing in on a 1,500-yard rushing season, thanks to his 129.6 yards per game average. Barner has accounted for 20 touchdowns this season and leads the Ducks in scoring with 120 points. Earlier this season, Barner set a school record by rushing for 325 yards against then-No. 18 USC. He is one of the primary reasons for the Ducks' 10-1 record.
Johnathan Franklin: One of the top running backs in the nation, Franklin has already surpassed the 1,500-yard rushing mark this season and is averaging 131.0 rush yards per game. In addition to 10 rushing touchdowns, Franklin has two receiving touchdowns to go along with 26 catches and 290 receiving yards. Earlier this season, Franklin became UCLA's all-time leading rusher (4,110 yards) on a weaving 37-yard touchdown run against Arizona.