Kyle Hicks

Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

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

1 Comment

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

Oklahoma goes on 28-0 run to storm to halftime lead at TCU

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
1 Comment

Oklahoma may not have gotten off to a great start at TCU, but they certainly have found a way to seize all of the momentum as the teams reached halftime. The Sooners dug a 21-7 hole but ripped off 28 straight points in the second quarter to roar to a 35-24 lead over the Horned Frogs.

TCU capitalized on an early mistake by Oklahoma. On the first play after recovering a Baker Mayfield fumble at the Sooners’ 18-yard line, Kenny Hill completed a touchdown strike to Jaelin Austin for a touchdown. Oklahoma would later flip the script for their first score of the game, although the Sooners had to work a little harder to do so. After picking off Hill and getting possession at the TCU 22-yard line, Oklahoma tied the game up four plays later with a Mayfield touchdown run.

This was anything but a momentum shift in favor of Oklahoma, however, as TCU marched right down the field on the next possession for an 80-yard touchdown drive to regain the lead. TCU would push that lead to 21-7 on their next possession with a 61-yard catch and run courtesy of Kyle Hicks, who maneuvered through a few defenders and used his speed to his advantage.

Mayfield’s second touchdown run of the afternoon brought Oklahoma back to within one score in the second quarter. The Sooners would later take the lead with a Mayfield connecting ona  67-yard touchdown pass to Westbrook. Just minutes later, the two connected once more for a score, this time from 40 yards for the 35-21 lead.

Mayfield did take a hard shot that left him getting off the field a little gingerly just before the half. Mayfield lost the football on the play, giving TCU one late shot at the end of the half, but the Horned Frogs were unable to take advantage with a touchdown, but did tack on a field goal.

TCU’s leading rusher out for pivotal Big 12 contest with Kansas State

Leave a comment

TCU’s offense will be without one of its best weapons this weekend against Kansas State. Running back B.J. Catalon has been ruled out by head coach Gary Patterson for Saturday night’s game.

Catalon has not practiced this week, so his lack of availability for Saturday night comes as nothing more than a mild surprise. Reports noted an upper torso injury to the running back, which left him to be listed as questionable for this week. This season Catalon has rushed for a team-high 493 yards and he has added 14 receptions for 163 yards and a touchdown. As noted yesterday, Catalon has scored 10 of TCU’s 22 rushing touchdowns.

TCU and Kansas State are fighting for first place in the Big 12, as well as the opportunity to keep College Football Playoff dreams within reach. TCU losing Catalon is pretty significant, and it should put a little more pressure on quarterback Trevone Boykin to make some things happen against a Kansas State team that generally plays well on defense. Without Catalon, TCU will likely split reps between Aaron Green (378 rushing yards, three touchdowns in 2014) and Trevorris Johnson (199 rushing yards, four touchdowns). Look for Kyle Hicks to get some playing time as well, and it should go without saying Boykin will be asked to carry the football as well. The quarterback is second on the team in rushing with 423 yards and four touchdowns.

Kansas State is the Big 12’s second-best defense against the run according to the numbers. Baylor is the only team better against the run strictly by the numbers, although the Wildcats have allowed just five rushing touchdowns all season to Baylor’s 10 allowed on the ground. Basically, TCU will have its work cut out for them to get much production out of the running game. Kansas State is also third in the Big 12 against the pass, just to cover that side of the conversation as well.