Two Colorado Buffaloes are on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the top running back in the country.
Sophomore Jarek Broussard and junior Alex Fontenot are both among the 84 players on the preseason watch list. CU is one of only 12 schools with at least two players on the list.
Broussard was named Pac-12 offensive player of the year in 2020 after leading the conference and finishing third nationally with 149.17 rushing yards per game. During CU’s six-game season, shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, he rushed for 895 yards and five touchdowns on 156 carries. He added nine catches for 65 yards.
Fontenot missed the 2020 season because of a hip injury, but was CU’s leading rusher in 2019. In his only season as the starter to this point, Fontenot rushed for 874 yards and five touchdowns on 185 carries, while also catching 27 passes for 122 yards. Fontenot was on the Doak Walker Award watch list last year, as well.
CU’s only winner of the Doak Walker Award was Rashaan Salaam in 1994, the year he also won the Heisman Trophy. Chris Brown was runner-up for the Doak Walker Award in 2002, while Phillip Lindsay was one of 11 semifinalists in 2017.
There are 10 Pac-12 running backs on the watch list, include Washington State’s Max Borghi, from Pomona High School. Also on the list is Arizona’s Michael Wiley, Arizona State’s DeaMonte Trayanum and Rachaad White, Stanford’s Austin Jones, Southern California’s Keaontay Ingram and Vavae Malepeai, and Washington’s Sean McGrew.
On Monday, CU linebacker Nate Landman was named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in the country by the Maxwell Football Club.