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Doak Walker Award

Doak Walker Award
Awarded for the nation's top college football running back
Country United States
Presented by SMU
First awarded 1990
Currently held by
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The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the United States's top college football running back. It is named after the Southern Methodist and Detroit Lions football player Doak Walker. The 2014 winner of the Doak Walker Award was Melvin Gordon of 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.


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Toby Gerhart's Doak Walker Award on display at the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame
Year Winner School
1990 Lewis, GregGreg Lewis Washington
1991 Cobb, TrevorTrevor Cobb Rice
1992 Hearst, GarrisonGarrison Hearst Georgia
1993 Morris, Byron "Bam"Byron "Bam" Morris Texas Tech
1994 Salaam, RashaanRashaan Salaam Colorado
1995 George, EddieEddie George Ohio State
1996 Hanspard, ByronByron Hanspard Texas Tech
1997 Williams, RickyRicky Williams Texas
1998 Williams, RickyRicky Williams Texas
1999 Dayne, RonRon Dayne Wisconsin
2000 Tomlinson, LaDainianLaDainian Tomlinson TCU
2001 Staley, LukeLuke Staley BYU
2002 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson Penn State
2003 Perry, ChrisChris Perry Michigan
2004 Benson, CedricCedric Benson Texas
2005 Bush, ReggieReggie Bush USC
2006 McFadden, DarrenDarren McFadden Arkansas
2007 McFadden, DarrenDarren McFadden Arkansas
2008 Greene, ShonnShonn Greene Iowa
2009 Gerhart, TobyToby Gerhart Stanford
2010 James, LaMichaelLaMichael James Oregon
2011 Richardson, TrentTrent Richardson Alabama
2012 Ball, MonteeMontee Ball Wisconsin
2013 Williams, AndreAndre Williams Boston College
2014 Gordon, MelvinMelvin Gordon Wisconsin

Trophies won by school

School Winners
Texas 3
Wisconsin 3
Arkansas 2
Texas Tech 2
Alabama 1
Boston College 1
Colorado 1
Georgia 1
Iowa 1
Michigan 1
Ohio State 1
Oregon 1
Penn State 1
Rice 1
Stanford 1
Washington 1

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