Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award on Friday.

Lindsay, who has been on the watch list all season, was one of 11 semifinalists for the award, which is presented annually to the top running back in the country.

"It means a lot to me; it's a tremendous honor to represent my state, my team and the University of Colorado," Lindsay said in a press release from CU. "But as I've always said, it's really not about me, it's about my teammates: the offensive linemen up front, the receivers getting down the field throwing blocks.

"It's certainly a privilege to be semifinalist considering all the great running backs in college football."

The CU senior currently ranks fourth nationally in total rushing yards (1,402), ninth in yards per game (127.45) and tied for 12th in rushing touchdowns (13). He leads the country with 283 rushing attempts.

Lindsay is the third Buff to be named a semifinalist in the history of the Doak Walker Award, first presented in 1990. In 1994, Rashaan Salaam won the award (along with the Heisman Trophy) and in 2002, Chris Brown was runner-up.

With one game to play, Lindsay currently has the fourth-best single-season rushing total in CU history, and he has moved up to second on the school's career rushing list, with 3,635 yards. He's also the first running back in CU history with over 100 career catches (109) and he's close to becoming the first with over 1,000 receiving yards (962).


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Lindsay is one of four semifinalists from the Pac-12, along with Oregon's Royce Freeman, USC's Ronald Jones II and Stanford's Bryce Love. No other conference has more than two semifinalists.

Other semifinalists include: Josh Adams of Notre Dame; Saquon Barkley of Penn State; Oklahoma State's Justice Hill; Auburn's Kerryon Johnson; Rashaad Penny of San Diego State; Devin Singletary of Florida Atlantic; and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor.

Lindsay, Freeman and Penny are the only seniors on the list.

Three finalists will be announced on Tuesday, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 7.

Eye on the Utes

While the Buffs (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12) are off this week, they'll pay close attention to next week's opponent, Utah.

The Utes (5-5, 2-5) visit No. 16 Washington (8-2, 5-2) on Saturday night.

"Watching the games on TV always give you a different outlook than you do on film," cornerback Isaiah Oliver said. "You always see a couple more things than you would if you were just watching film. I'm sure everyone is going to watch the game."

Oliver also echoed the sentiment from several players this week in saying that the Buffs have been focused all week, knowing that the Nov. 25 date with Utah is a bowl-or-bust game.

"We know what this game means to the program and what this game means to us," he said. "We're working this week as if we had a game this Saturday."

Streaking

Quarterback Steven Montez has thrown for at least 345 yards in each of the last three games. He's the first in CU history to reach 300-plus yards in three consecutive games.

Only three others times (Koy Detmer in 1996, Connor Wood in 2013 and Sefo Liufau in 2014) had a CU quarterback done it in even two consecutive games.

Montez has reached the 300-yard mark four times this year, one shy of the school record set by Liufau in 2014. Montez had 299 yards in another game.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.