Tonny Lindsey, Diocemy Saint Juste Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List
Utah State’s Lindsey and Hawaii’s Saint Juste receive nods among the nation’s best running backs, but did the Doak Walker Award list get things right?
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The Mountain West may not be as fully represented as some fans might expect.
Another of college football’s premier individual honors released its list of players to watch this morning. The Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best running back, has just two surprising names that hail from the Mountain West.
Diocemy Saint Juste played a key role in Hawaii’s resurgence last fall, leading the Warriors with 1,006 yards on 165 carries, good for an average of 6.1 yards per carry. Though he only scored three touchdowns, Sainte Juste’s numbers are likely to increase now that Paul Harris and Steven Lakalaka have graduated.
Tonny Lindsey had an up and down year at Utah State in 2016, leading the Aggies with 763 yards. He had two 100-yard efforts on the season, but he also had two games with double-digits carries and less than 30 yards, so a little more consistency could be significant as Utah State hopes to climb back into contention for the Mountain division title.
It’s also worth noting the Walker list for the names that don’t appear: San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, for instance, did not make the cut. Neither did Air Force’s Tim McVey or New Mexico’s Tyrone Owens.
Last year’s Doak Walker Award went to Texas’s D’Onta Foreman.