University of Colorado junior Christian Powell was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list on Thursday morning. The award goes to the top running back in the nation each year.

Powell joins 52 other backs on the preseason watch list this year.

Powell was the Buffs' leading rusher in the 2013 season with 562 yards on 147 carries, averaging 3.8 yards per rush. He also scored three touchdowns as a sophomore.

His best game of the 2013 season was a 97-yard effort at UCLA. He carried the ball 22 times in that contest.

Powell was also named the John Mack Award winner in 2013 as CU coaches tabbed him the Buffs' outstanding offensive player.

Despite that and going into fall camp atop the depth chart, Powell will likely share carries this season with Michael Adkins and Tony Jones.

So far this preseason, only kicker Will Oliver (Lou Groza Award) and Powell have been named to award watch lists for the Buffs.