The PwC SMU Athletic Forum has released its 2013 watch list for the Doak Walker Award, and USC running back Silas Redd finds himself in contention for it. This award is given annually to college football’s premier running back.
Aside from Redd, eight Pac-12 athletes have also been named to the list, including Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carrey and Washington’s Bishop Sankey Jr.
In 2012, Redd joined the Trojans after leaving Penn State in the wake of the sanctions imposed for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. A nagging knee injury kept him from being healthy all season, but in spite of that he rushed for 905 yards and nine touchdowns from 167 carries.
This year, he is expected to be the face of USC’s ground game, flanked with support from newcomer Justin Davis as well as veterans like D.J. Morgan, who really showed an improvement in his game in 2012.
The Doak Walker Award has been recognizing top elite running back performances since 1990, and in its 23-year history only one Trojan–Reggie Bush in 2005–has won it.
In early November, the award will release a list of ten semifinalists and later that month, it will be cut down to three. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12 as apart of the Home Depot College Football Awards.
This is the second watch list for Redd, who has also been named to that for the Maxwell Award.
For a complete look at the Doak Walker Award watch list, click here.