The 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award given the nation’s top running back were announced today and LSU Tiger’s running back, JeremyHill did not make the cut, which is one of the biggest omissions on the list.
Hill is tied for fifth in the NCAA with 13 rushing touchdowns and his 6.8 yards per carry average s higher than all but two of the finalists (Melvin Gordon, Lache Seastrunk) but that wasn’t enough for the 6-2, 235-pound workhorse back to merit inclusion on the list.
Here are the 10 semifinalists–all of whom are deserving–but Hill could have been the last cut for the prestigious honor.
- Ka’Deem Carey-Arizona Wildcats
- Ameer Abdullah- Nebraska Cornhuskers
- Antonio Andrews-Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
- Mike Davis-South Carolina Gamecocks
- Tyler Gaffney-Stanford Cardinal
- Melvin Gordon-Wisconsin Badgers
- Tre Mason-Auburn Tigers
- Bishop Sankey-Washington Huskies
- Lache Seastrunk-Baylor Bears
- Andre Williams-Boston College Golden Eagles
Each of the rushers with the exception of Seastrunk has more rushing yards than Hill’s 964, so you can understand their inclusion, and I wonder if LSU has 1-2 fewer losses if that would enhance his chances of being a semifinalists. Also you can’t help but wonder how his offseason arrest played into the decision to leave him out.
Nevertheless, kudos to those who were honored with the distinction of being a semifinalist, and it is a select group with great college backs and future NFL stars, but I believe Hill is one of the top 10 backs in college football and worthy of being a Doak Walker semifinalist.
Maybe Hill will return for his junior season at LSU and have another shot at winning the award and being the first LSU Tiger to win the award named after the SMU running back who is in the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The winner will be announced Dec. 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards.