University of Kentucky junior Boom Williams and Alabama sophomore Damien Harris from Madison Southern were among 77 players named preseason candidates Thursday for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top running back.
Williams rushed for 855 yards in 10 games in 2015, totaling six touchdowns and a school-record 7.1 yards per carry average. He had five games of more than 100 yards rushing in 2015, including a career-high 140 yards on 16 carries in a win over Charlotte.
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The recipient of the Doak Walker Award will be announced live on the College Football Awards show on Dec. 8.
The award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.