clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Ezekiel Elliott named to Doak Walker Award watch list

Zeke continues to rack up preseason award recognition.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Doak Walker Award watch list was released Thursday morning, and featured Buckeye ground game extraordinaire Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott had a great year last season, accumulating 1,878 rushing yards, which was good enough for second most in a single season in school history, only behind the great Eddie George, who rushed for 1,927 yards back in 1995. Elliott also totaled 18 rushing touchdowns on the year.

Zeke became the first Buckeye running back to ever have consecutive 200-yard rushing games, that is still active at three-straight. He also became the third Buckeye to amass 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season, with 2,114. He has also found himself as a Heisman frontrunner, currently only behind TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (6/1) in the latest odds at 7/1.

The Doak Walker Award is named after former SMU and Detroit Lions running back Doak Walker, and has been awarded to the nation's best running back since 1990. Eddie George is the only Ohio State Buckeye to win the award, who earned it in his 1995 Heisman Trophy winning season.