Broussard, a native of Dallas, Tex., rushed for 895 yards and five touchdowns in six games last season on the way to capturing Pac-12 Player of the Year honors. His 149.2 rush yards per game ranked third nationally behind only Jaret Patterson (Buffalo) and Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota).
Fontenot, who sat out 2020 due to an injury, is making his second appearance on the Doak Walker Award watch list having received the honor last summer prior to getting injured. The junior from Richmond, Tex. led the Buffaloes with 874 rush yards and five touchdowns and was named the teams most improved player in 2019.
USC (Keaontay Ingram and Vavae Malepeai) and Arizona State (Chip Trayanum and Rachaad White) were the other Pac-12 schools that had two players named to this year’s watch list. The Doak Walker Award has been handed out to the nation’s top running back since 1990. The only Buffaloes player to win the award was Rashaan Salaam in 1994.
Here is the release schedule for the remaining preseason watch lists:
Thu., July 22: Biletnikoff Award
Fri., July 23: John Mackey Award, Rimington Trophy
Mon., July 26: Butkus Award, Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Tue., July 27: Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy
Wed., July 28: Lou Groza Award, Ray Guy Award
Thu., July 29: Paul Hornung Award, Wuerffel Trophy
Fri., July 30: Walter Camp Award