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Doak Walker Award watch list highlighted by 2016 semifinalists Barkley and Pettway

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A watch list of the top running backs in the nation has been released by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum on Thursday. The Doak Walker Award watch list is full of great players, including 2016 Doak Walker Award semifinalists Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and Kamryn Pettway (Auburn).

Among those included on this year’s initial Doak Walker Award watch list (more players can be added at any time) are LSU’s Derrius Guice, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, LJ Scott of Michigan State, Mike Weber of Ohio State, and Bo Scarbrough of Alabama, Washington’s Myles Gaskin, and Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin.

D’Onta Foreman of Texas beat out both Barkley and Pettway last season for the award. The Doak Walker Award has been presented to the nation’s top running back annually since 1990. Among the winners over the years have included Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie Bush, and Montee Ball.

To be included on this watch list, the university athletic department must submit a nomination.

2017 Doak Walker Award Watch List

Josh Adams, Notre Dame
Ryquell Armstead, Temple
Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Alex Barnes, Kansas State
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan
D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa
Nick Chubb, Georgia
Jordan Chunn, Troy
Justin Crawford, West Virginia
Damarea Crockett, Missouri
Rico Dowdle, South Carolina
D’Andre Ferby, WKU
Kendrick Foster, Illinois
Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
Myles Gaskin, Washington
James Gilbert, Ball State
Derrius Guice, LSU
Damien Harris, Alabama
Kyle Hicks, TCU
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
Jon Hilliman, Boston College
Justin Jackson, Northwestern
Chris James, Wisconsin
Ty Johnson, Maryland
Ronald Jones II, USC
Ray Lawry, Old Dominion
Phillip Lindsay, Colorado
Tonny Lindsey Jr., Utah State
Bryce Love, Stanford
Sony Michel, Georgia
Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech
David Montgomery, Iowa State
Jamal Morrow, Washington State
Ryan Nall, Oregon State
Jacques Patrick, Florida State
Kamryn Pettway, Auburn
Demario Richard, Arizona State
Diocemy Saint Juste, Hawaii
Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
Jordan Scarlett, Florida
LJ Scott, Michigan State
Bradrick Shaw, Wisconsin
Armand Shyne, Utah
Justin Silmon, Kansas State
Ito Smith, Southern Miss
Rodney Smith, Minnesota
Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky
Terry Swanson, Toledo
Shaq Vann, Eastern Michigan
Akrum Wadley, Iowa
Mark Walton, Miami
Warren Wand, Arkansas State
Tre Watson, California
Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
Mike Weber, Ohio State
Braeden West, SMU
Devwah Whaley, Arkansas
Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
Shaun Wilson, Duke
Marquis Young, Massachusetts

No. 24 LSU bounces back by flattening No. 25 Arkansas

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So much for that post-Alabama hangover.

No. 24 LSU jumped on No. 25 Arkansas, building a 21-0 lead and coasting to a 38-10 win in Fayetteville on Saturday night.

The Tigers proved that last week’s 10-0 blanking by Alabama was more about the Tide than themselves, as this week’s result looked identical to the pre-Alabama results under Ed Orgeron: a dynamic passing attack and lots and lots of Leonard Fournette with some Derrius Guice mixed in.

Fournette opened the scoring with a pair of short touchdown runs, and Guice effectively put the game away before it could get started when he added a 3-yard score to stake the Bayou Bengals to a 21-0 lead at the 10:19 mark of the second quarter.

Austin Allen, who set up LSU’s second score with an interception in his own territory, put Arkansas on the board with a 44-yard strike to Dominique Reed and then pulled within 21-10 to open the second half scoring, but Fournette’s third scoring rush of the night, this one to cap an 81-yard drive at the 6:59 mark of the third quarter, pushed the lead back to a comfortable 28-10.

Guice pushed the game into blowout territory when he raced for a 96-yard touchdown with 6:04 remaining in the contest. He finished with 21 carries for 252 yards and two scores, while Fournette charged for 98 yards and three scores on 17 carries. Danny Etling mixed an a complimentary 10-of-16 passing for 157 yards.

In what was a fitting end to an awful night, Arkansas seemingly added a cosmetic score on a touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, but a review revealed him down at the 1-yard line. Freshman running back Devwah Whaley fumbled into the end zone on the next snap. Allen finished 15-of-31 passing for 210 yards with a score and two interceptions, while the Hogs were out-rushed as a team 385-81.

The win pushes LSU (6-3, 4-2 SEC) into a bowl game for the 17th straight season and, of more immediate importance, continues the argument for Orgeron to keep the job full-time ahead of a tough closing stretch at home versus Florida next week and at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night.

Arkansas (6-4, 2-4 SEC) was exposed — again — as a step above the SEC’s lower class but three steps below the upper echelon of the conference. But with a closing stretch of Mississippi State and Missouri, an 8-4 regular season and top-25 finish still seems entirely likely.

LSU leading Arkansas at the half in Fayetteville

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A different shade of dark red across the line of scrimmage has led to wildly different results for LSU’s offense. A week after that 10-0 blanking at the cruel, unmerciful hands of Alabama, LSU’s offense has found room to breathe — and Arkansas’s porous defense has provided it — as the Bayou Bengals lead the Razorbacks 21-7 at the break in Fayetteville.

LSU scored on its first drive of the game, a 9-play, 75-yard march capped by a Leonard Fournette rush from five yards out midway through the first quarter.

An interception of Austin Allen led to a short field and another Fournette touchdown run early in the second quarter, and Darius Guice pushed the lead to 21-0 with a 3-yard rush at the 10:19 mark of the second quarter.

Arkansas responded with its only score of the half, a 44-yard strike from Allen to Dominique Reed to cap a 75-yard drive. For the half, Allen hit 6-of-14 passes for 81 yards with a score and a pick. Devwah Whaley leads Arkansas with five carries for 50 yards, but the Hogs have been out-rushed as a team, 81-54.

Danny Etling has enjoyed this week more than any other Tiger; he’s 8-of-12 for 141 yards through one half. Fournette has carried 10 times for 50 yards and two touchdowns, while Guice has rushed eight times for 33 yards and a score.

LSU will receive to open the second half.