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Carey, Yeldon among 63 RBs on Doak Walker Award preseason watch list

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Oh, you know. Just another preseason watch list coming your way.

The Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football’s most outstanding running back, released its preseason watch list on Friday with 63 candidates. Among those to be included were Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, who was the nation’s leading rusher in 2012, Miami’s Duke Johnson, Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon.

The winner of the Doak Walker Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12. Last year’s winner was Wisconsin’s Montee Ball.

As always, you can view the entire list of preseason candidates below. You can now also check out our preseason watch lists repository HERE.

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Michael Alisa, BYU
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
Dri Archer, Kent State
Brendan Bigelow, California
Beau Blankenship, Ohio
Alfred Blue, LSU
Dominique Brown, Louisville
Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
B.J. Catalon, TCU
Orleans Darkwa, Tulane
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
Trayion Durham, Kent State
Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
David Fluellen, Toledo
D.J. Foster, Arizona State
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Marion Grice, Arizona State
Todd Gurley, Georgia
Joe Hill, Utah State
John Hubert, Kansas State
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Waymon James, TCU
Duke Johnson, Miami
Storm Johnson, UCF
Matt Jones, Florida
Henry Josey, Missouri
Ben Malena, Texas A&M
Raymond Maples, Army
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Keith Marshall, Georgia
Glasco Martin, Baylor
Tre Mason, Auburn
Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
Adam Muema, San Diego State
David Oku, Arkansas State
Branden Oliver, Buffalo
Jordan Parker, Middle Tennessee
LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
Senorise Perry, Louisville
Christian Powell, Colorado
Darrin Reaves, UAB
Silas Redd, USC
Bishop Sankey, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
David Sims, Georgia Tech
James Sims, Kansas
Kiero Small, Arkansas
Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State
Jerome Smith, Syracuse
De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan
Trey Watts, Tulsa
Mark Weisman, Iowa
James White, Iowa State
James White, Wisconsin
Andre Williams, Boston College
Damien Williams, Oklahoma
Jamaal Williams, BYU
Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
Storm Woods, Oregon State
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
Zach Zwinak, Penn State

Arkansas’ leading tackler done for the year with foot injury

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Arkansas finally had some reason to celebrate this season: a 24-7 road win over Auburn. It was the first time the Hogs had been able to notch a win in a month.

But, in keeping with the disastrous narrative that is the 2012 season for Arkansas, the celebration has not come without a price. Coach John L. Smith announced Monday during his press conference that linebacker Alonzo Highsmith is out for the season with a foot injury. Highsmith suffered the injury during the first half against Auburn. He is undergoing surgery today to repair ligament damage.

He becomes the third major contributor to be lost for the season, joining fullbacks Kiero Small and Kody Walker. Several others have missed significant playing time as well with injuries.

Highsmith was Arkansas’ leading tackler this season with 54 — four of which went for a loss – and two sacks. He also had a fumble recovery.

In some better news, cornerback Tevin Mitchel has been cleared to resume practice after dealing with head and gallbladder issues this season.

Hogs lose FB to season-ending injury

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And the hits just keep on coming for Arkansas.

In the stunning upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe, the Razorbacks lost starting quarterback Tyler Wilson to a head injury that may or may not keep him out against No. 1 Alabama Saturday.  Starting cornerback Tevin Mitchell suffered an “above-the-shoulder” injury in the loss, too, and is doubtful for the Tide.

Now, the Hogs have lost a backup fullback/running back as well.

Kody Walker, head coach (for now) John L. Smith confirmed, suffered a broken leg against ULM and will miss the remainder of the season.  Walker suffered the injury covering a punt in the fourth quarter of the overtime loss.

With Week 1 starter Kiero Small out with a foot injury — he could miss the season as well — Walker started this past weekend’s game.  Walker carried one time this season, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run in the opener.

Last season, Walker was shutdown three games into the season due to stress fractures in both legs.

Arkansas’ starting fullback out from surgery

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When Arkansas lines up in an epic battle this Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe, it’ll do so without its starting fullback Kiero Small.

Coach John L. Smith said that Small underwent surgery Thursday for a foot injury he suffered on Wednesday. The injury is said to be non-contact and Small is out indefinitely.

Small’s a two-way player as a fullback and linebacker, though he hasn’t seen the field as the latter. With Smal out, Arkansas will likely turn to redshirt freshmen Kody Walker and Grady Ollison. 

No. 8 Arkansas begins SEC play Sept. 15 against Alabama.

(Hat tip: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)