Auburn’s Kam Martin has been listed on the preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award that is handed out to the nation’s top running back at the end of the season.
Martin is Auburn’s returning senior running back and despite not rushing for over 500 yards in three seasons on The Plains, received the nod on the watch list. Over the past three seasons, Martin has rushed for 1231 yards on 221 attempts for 5.6 yards a carry and six rushing touchdowns.
Fellow running back JaTarvious Whitlow has received the most buzz at running back for Auburn but was left off the list.
The running game struggled last season with Auburn failing to eclipse 1,000 yards with a single rusher last season, but with five returning offensive linemen, Martin and Whitlow should have better success in 2019.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced on November 20.
The committee will cast a second vote beginning December 2 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The award, which will name its 30th recipient in 2019, is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate 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.
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The recipient of the 2019 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12 on ESPN.
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