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Week 7 Doak Walker Award Watch List

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Week 7 Doak Walker Award Watch List

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Each year, the best running backs in the country go head to head to see who will walk away with the Doak Walker Award at season’s end. It is the second-highest individual award that a running back can receiver (second of course to the Heisman Trophy) and is always hotly contested between the very best backs that college football has to offer.

Last season, the nation’s leading rusher, Ka’Deem Carey of the Arizona Wildcats, wasn’t even a finalist for the award. That just goes to show how tough the competition can be for this award. Racking up huge gains isn’t always enough. You have to be a gamebreaker with the ability to put your team on your back and carry them to victory when they need you most.

This season, there appears to be no shortage of fantastic running backs that will make their case for the Doak Walker Award this December. We will be treated to three new finalists this season as all three from 2012 graduated and are plying their trade in the NFL as we speak. That opens the door for some exciting and dynamic running backs to make their case and make their mark in the college football history books.

Who will be able to keep their strong start to the 2013 season going and who will fall off? Which players just off the radar will turn it on and make a push late in the season? Who will get snubbed? We’ll find out in time but for now let’s count down the top 10 running backs to watch for the 2013 Doak Walker Award heading into Week 7.

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10. Tre Madden, USC Trojans

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Season Stats: 110 CAR, 583 YDS, 5.30 YPC, 3 TD, 116.60 YPG

Last Week: BYE

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9. Mike Davis, South Carolina Gamecocks

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Season Stats: 92 CAR, 614 YDS, 6.67 YPC, 8 TD, 122.80 YPG

Last Week: vs Kentucky (W 35-28); 21 CAR, 106 YDS, 5.05 YPC, 2 TD

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8. Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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Season Stats: 124 CAR, 882 YDS, 7.11 YPC, 9 TD, 147.00 YPG

Last Week: @ Louisiana-Monroe (W 31-10); 27 CAR, 155 YDS, 5.74 YPC, 1 TD

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7. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Season Stats: 94 CAR, 690 YDS, 7.34 YPC, 5 TD, 138.00 YPG

Last Week: vs Illinois (W 39-19); 20 CAR, 225 YDS, 11.25 YPC, 2 TD

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6. Jeremy Hill, LSU Tigers

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Season Stats: 70 CAR, 594 YDS, 7.52 YPC, 9 TD, 118.80 YPG

Last Week: @Mississippi State (W 59-26); 16 CAR, 157 YDS, 9.81 YPC, 2 TD

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5. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona Wildcats

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Season Stats: 73 CAR, 431 YDS, 5.90 YPC, 5 TD, 143.67 YPG

Last Week: Bye

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4. Todd Gurley, Georgia Bulldogs

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Season Stats: 71 CAR, 450 YDS, 6.34 YPC, 4 TD, 112.50 YPG

Last Week: DNP (ankle)

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3. Bishop Sankey, Washington Huskies

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Season Stats: 131 CAR, 732 YDS, 5.59 YPC, 7 TD, 146.40 YPG

Last Week: @ Stanford (L 28-31); 27 CAR, 125 YDS, 4.63 YPC, 2 TD

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2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Badgers

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Season Stats: 68 CAR, 698 YDS, 10.26 YPC, 7 TD, 139.60 YPG

Last week: BYE

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1. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor Bears

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Season Stats: 53 CAR, 589 YDS, 11.11 YPC, 8 TD, 147.26 YPG

Last week: vs West Virginia (W 73-42) 15 CAR, 172 YDS, 11.5 YPC, 2 TD