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.
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