Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway named to Doak Walker Award watch list

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LSU junior running back Derrius Guice has been named a preseason candidate for the 2017 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum released Thursday.

Last season, Scott led the Spartans in almost every rushing category, compiling career highs in rushing yards (994), carries (184) and rushing touchdowns (6), on the way to being named a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and honorable mention choice by the coaches.

"You talk about impact players; Kamryn Pettway is capable of being an impact player", Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said at SEC Media Days. He owned the two longest rushes of the season past year with a pair of 46-yard scampers. Auburn is 5-0 in games when he rushes for more than 150 yards.

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He also ranks third all-time at CU in career all-purpose yards (4,029), 22nd in scoring (144 points) and 24th in receptions (93 counting bowl statistics). The 1,693 career rushing yards are fifth most by a Spartan through their sophomore season. Lindsey also returned two kickoffs for 31 yards during the season, which included a career-long 31-yard kickoff return at USC.

Ten semifinalists for the award will be announced November 15 by the The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors, with the list being cut down to three finalists on Nov 20. The committee will cast a second vote beginning November 26 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee is comprised of past award winners, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs as well as media members and special representatives.

The Doak Walker Award victor will be announced at the 2017 Home Depot College Football Awards on December 7, 2017. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in early 2018. The Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will then name three finalists to be announced on November 20. The 2017 season begins at home against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky on September 2.

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