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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

Baker Mayfield, J.T. Barrett, Lamar Jackson and Sam Darnold among 2017 Heisman Trophy favorites

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The new college football season may still be a long way away, but it is never too early to place your bets on who you think will win the Heisman Trophy in the 2017 season. The very early favorite, according to odds released by Bovada on Monday, is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Bovada gives Mayfield 11/2 odds to win the Heisman Trophy this fall. He is followed by Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (6/1), which sets up a nice Heisman Trophy showdown in September when the defending Big 12 champions head to Columbus for the second game in a home-and-home series that was won by Ohio State in Norman in 2016. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, is listed with 7/1 odds, with USC’s rising star quarterback Sam Darnold listed at 9/1.

Penn State’s dynamic duo of running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley each have 10/1 odds, along with Washington quarterback Jake Browning.

Looking back to the early odds from last January, Barrett and Mayfield each had 10/1 Heisman odds. Louisville’s Jackson was not on the radar.

VIDEO: Bo Scarbrough injured and O.J. Howard strikes again!

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Things have been happening pretty quickly in the third quarter of the College Football Playoff national championship game. Right after Clemson lost redshirt freshman defensive end Clelin Ferrell to an apparent ankle injury, Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough was helped off the field and later taken into the locker room for medical treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

Scarbrough had two long touchdown runs in the game and led all players with 93 rushing yards.

There was some happier news for Alabama later on the drive though as they were able to roll out a play they must have been waiting all night for. Similar to last year, it was tight end O.J. Howard finding himself in open space with plenty of room to run on a long touchdown run.

That had to send shivers down the backs of Clemson fans after last year’s game. Howard’s touchdown put Alabama up 24-14.

VIDEO: Bo Scarbrough breaks loose for 2nd TD vs. Clemson

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Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough is having himself quite the half of football in the College Football Playoff national championship. After breaking off a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring, Scarbrough turned in another long touchdown run from outside the red zone in the second half.

Scarbrough’s 37-yard run down the left sideline left Clemson’s defense dazed and confused as Alabama went ahead 14-0 on the Tigers in the second quarter.

At the time of this touchdown run, Scarbrough has increased his rushing total to 71 yards and two touchdowns, with 78 total yards of offense. Clemson’s offense was sitting on 72 yards of offense. There is still a lot of football to be played, but Clemson needs to get something going on offense and the defense needs to figure out how to slow down Scarbrough.

VIDEO: Bo Scarbrough makes a man miss to put Alabama on the board

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The first touchdown of the evening in the College Football Playoff national championship game was a thing of beauty from Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough.

Scarbrough took off for a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give Alabama a 7-0 lead following the extra-point attempt. Not only did he get some good blocking from last year’s championship game surprise hero O.J. Howard, but he also showed off a nice little ability to stop on a dime to make a defender look a little silly.