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Phillip Lindsay named as a semifinalist for Doak Walker Award

Colorado Buffaloes running back one of four Pac-12 rushers on the list of 11

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Colorado Buffaloes running back Phillip Lindsay was named as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award Thursday, recognizing the nation’s best running back.

Lindsay has rushed for 1,402 yards this season, the fourth-most in CU history along with 13 touchdowns. He joins Rashaan Salaam (1994 winner) and Chris Brown (2002 runner-up) as the third Buffs player to be named as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker.

“It means a lot to me, it’s a tremendous honor to represent my state, my team and the University of Colorado,” Lindsay said in a statement. “But as I’ve always said, it’s really not about me, it’s about my teammates. The offensive linemen up front, the receivers getting down the field throwing blocks. It’s certainly a privilege to be semifinalist considering all the great running backs in college football.”

Lindsay has set 20 CU records and is tied for two others going into the last game of the regular season at Utah. He’s joined by three fellow Pac-12 running backs on the list of semifinalists that includes Royce Freeman (Oregon), Bryce Love (Stanford), Ronald Jones (USC), Josh Adams (Notre Dame), Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Justice Hill (Oklahoma State), Kerryon Johnson (Auburn), Rashaad Penny (San Diego State) and Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin).

The finalists for the Doak Walker will be announced Nov. 21, with a winner being decided on Dec. 7.