UCLA running back Paul Perkins makes Doak Walker watch list

UCLA’s Paul Perkins, who ran under the radar for much of 2014, will enter the season as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award.

The Bruins’ talented junior was one of 69 names on the watch list to be college football’s top running back. Perkins ran for a conference-best 1,575 yards in 2014, but settled for an All-Pac-12 honorable mention behind four other tailbacks.

No UCLA player has ever won the Doak Walker Award, which was first handed out in 1990. The Bruins’ all-time leading rusher Johnathan Franklin was one of three finalists for the trophy in 2012.

Here are all the Bruins who have appeared on preseason watch lists this month: Continue reading

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Franklin, Locke named award semifinalists

Not much surprise here considering the seasons they’ve both had, but seniors Johnathan Franklin and Jeff Locke have been listed among the nation’s top 10 at their respective positions.

Franklin is a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award. The other Pac-12 representatives are Oregon’s Kenjon Barner and Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor, tying the Big Ten with three players on the list. If any member of the trio takes the trophy, it would give the conference its third winner in four years. Alabama’s Trent Richardson won last year after LaMichael James (Oregon) and Toby Gerhart (Stanford). Continue reading

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