Doak Walker Award

Doak Walker Award
Given for The nation's top college football running back
Country United States
Presented by SMU
First award 1990
Most recent Bryce Love, Stanford

The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the top running back in college football in the United States. It is named in honor of Doak Walker, a star halfback in college for the SMU Mustangs and in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions. The 2017 winner of the Doak Walker Award was Bryce Love of Stanford. The award requires all candidates to be:

  • in good academic standing, and
  • on schedule to graduate within one year of students in their eligibility classification.

The award recipient receives a sculpture of Doak Walker, cast in bronze and mounted on a wooden base. It was created by artist Blair Buswell, who has sculpted the busts of more than a dozen inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


1990Greg LewisWashington
1991Trevor CobbRice
1992Garrison HearstGeorgia
1993Byron "Bam" MorrisTexas Tech
1994Rashaan SalaamColorado
1995Eddie GeorgeOhio State
1996Byron HanspardTexas Tech
1997Ricky WilliamsTexas
1998Ricky WilliamsTexas
1999Ron DayneWisconsin
2000LaDainian TomlinsonTCU
2001Luke StaleyBYU
2002Larry JohnsonPenn State
2003Chris PerryMichigan
2004Cedric BensonTexas
2005Reggie BushUSC
2006Darren McFaddenArkansas
2007Darren McFaddenArkansas[1]
2008Shonn GreeneIowa[2]
2009Toby GerhartStanford[3]
2010LaMichael JamesOregon[4]
2011Trent RichardsonAlabama[5]
2012Montee BallWisconsin[6]
2013Andre WilliamsBoston College[7]
2014Melvin GordonWisconsin[8]
2015Derrick HenryAlabama[9]
2016D'Onta ForemanTexas[10]
2017Bryce LoveStanford


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