Syracuse running back Sean Tucker is one-of-82 preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back.
Tucker is coming off one of the most productive rookie campaigns by a Syracuse running back ever. He ran for 626 yards in nine games, the third-highest total by an Orange freshman ever. His 69.6 yards per game was second to only Syracuse all-time leading rusher Joe Morris.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name 10 semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced in November. The committee will cast a second vote in December to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2021 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards.
The award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.