Christian Powell Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

Jonathan Ferrey

Pundits around the country seem to be expecting big things from Powell.

Buffaloes sophomore running back Christian Powell is one of a whopping NINE Pac-12 backs that have been selected to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list. The award is presented annually to the nation's top running back. Powell is one of eleven sophomores that made the list.

In his true freshman season the fullback came out of nowhere to lead the Buffs in rushing by a large margin. Powell finished the year having gained 716 yards on 158 carries with seven touchdowns. He broke 100 yards three different times including a fantastic debut in a 147 yard effort against Sacramento State in week two.

The 6'0, 240 lb. back showed a surprising burst and great feet in breaking tackles and getting the tough yards that Colorado has struggled with since Rodney Stewart graduated. He had some issues with concussions near the end of the season but has a bright future in Boulder.

Here's the full list:

Ameer Abdullah (Jr.), Nebraska

Michael Alisa (Sr.), BYU

Antonio Andrews (Sr.), Western
Dri Archer (Sr.), Kent State

Brendan Bigelow (Jr.), California

Beau Blankenship (Sr.), Ohio

Alfred Blue (Sr.), LSU

Dominique Brown (Jr.), Louisville

Ka'Deem Carey (Jr.), Arizona

B.J. Catalon (So.), TCU

Orleans Darkwa (Sr.), Tulane

Kenneth Dixon (So.), Louisiana Tech

Trayion Durham (Jr.), Kent State

Jahwan Edwards (Jr.), Ball State

David Fluellen (Sr.), Toledo

D.J. Foster (So.), Arizona State

Melvin Gordon (So.), Wisconsin

Marion Grice (Sr.), Arizona State

Todd Gurley (So.), Georgia

Joe Hill (Jr.), Utah State

John Hubert (Sr.), Kansas State

Carlos Hyde (Sr.), Ohio State

Waymon James (Sr.), TCU

Duke Johnson (So.), Miami

Storm Johnson (Jr.), UCF

Matt Jones (So.), Florida

Henry Josey (Jr.), Missouri

Ben Malena (Sr.), Texas A&M

Raymond Maples (Sr.), Army

Venric Mark (Sr.), Northwestern

Keith Marshall (So.), Georgia

Glasco Martin (Sr.), Baylor

Tre Mason (Jr.), Auburn

Lyle McCombs (Jr.), Connecticut

Adam Muema (Jr.), San Diego State

David Oku (Sr.), Arkansas State

Branden Oliver (Sr.), Buffalo

Jordan Parker (So.), Middle Tennessee

LaDarius Perkins (Sr.), Mississippi State

Senorise Perry (Sr.), Louisville

Christian Powell (So.), Colorado

Darrin Reaves (Jr.), UAB

Silas Redd (Sr.), USC

Bishop Sankey (Jr.), Washington

Lache Seastrunk (Jr.), Baylor

David Sims (Sr.), Georgia Tech

James Sims (Sr.), Kansas

Kiero Small (Sr.), Arkansas

Jeremy Smith (Sr.), Oklahoma State

Jerome Smith (Jr.), Syracuse

De'Anthony Thomas (Jr.), Oregon

Zurlon Tipton (Sr.), Central Michigan

Trey Watts (Sr.), Tulsa

Mark Weisman (Jr.), Iowa

James White (Sr.), Iowa State

James White (Sr.), Wisconsin

Andre Williams (Sr.), Boston College

Damien Williams (Sr.), Oklahoma

Jamaal Williams (So.), BYU

Jonathan Williams (Sr.), Arkansas

Storm Woods (So.), Oregon State

T.J. Yeldon (So.), Alabama

Zach Zwinak (Jr.), Penn State

Powell becomes the sixth Buffalo to be named to a preseason watch list.

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