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Phillip Lindsay Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

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The award honors the nation’s best running back.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes running back Phillip Lindsay was named to the 2017 Doak Walker Award watch list on Thursday by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum.

Lindsay led the Buffaloes in rushing last season with 1,252 yards and ranked 34th amongst backs nationwide. Known as a “utility back”, he also gathered in 53 receptions for 493 yards and led all of FBS with a 1.82 percent drop rate. He’s looking to surpass the 1,000 yard mark next season and become the first running back in school history to do so in back-to-back seasons.

Lindsay was one of 61 players on the preseason list with an impressive nine other running backs from the Pac-12 conference. The Doak Walker is the second watch list Lindsay has been named to along with the Maxwell Award on July 10. He’s the third player in CU history to be named to the Doak Walker watch list. Rashaan Salaam won the award back in 1994 and Chris Brown finished as runner-up in 2002.

2017 Doak Walker watch list (61)

Josh Adams (Jr.), Notre Dame

Ryquell Armstead (Jr.), Temple

Kalen Ballage (Sr.), Arizona State

Saquon Barkley (Jr.), Penn State

Alex Barnes (So.), Kansas State

Jamauri Bogan (Jr.), Western Michigan

D'Angelo Brewer (Sr.), Tulsa

Nick Chubb (Sr.), Georgia

Jordan Chunn (Sr.), Troy

Justin Crawford (Sr.), West Virginia

Damarea Crockett (So.), Missouri

Rico Dowdle (So.), South Carolina

D'Andre Ferby (Jr.), WKU

Kendrick Foster (Sr.), Illinois

Jarvion Franklin (Sr.), Western Michigan

Myles Gaskin (Jr.), Washington

James Gilbert (Jr.), Ball State

Derrius Guice (Jr.), LSU

Damien Harris (Jr.), Alabama

Kyle Hicks (Sr.), TCU

Justice Hill (So.), Oklahoma State

Jon Hilliman (Jr.), Boston College

Justin Jackson (Sr.), Northwestern

Chris James (Jr.), Wisconsin

Ty Johnson (Jr.), Maryland

Ronald Jones, II (Jr.), USC

Ray Lawry (Sr.), Old Dominion

Phillip Lindsay (Sr.), Colorado

Tonny Lindsey, Jr. (Sr.), Utah State

Bryce Love (Jr.), Stanford

Sony Michel (Sr.), Georgia

Dedrick Mills (So.), Georgia Tech

David Montgomery (So.), Iowa State

Jamal Morrow (Sr.), Washington State

Ryan Nall (Jr.), Oregon State

Jacques Patrick (Jr.), Florida State

Kamryn Pettway (Jr.), Auburn

Demario Richard (Sr.), Arizona State

Diocemy Saint Juste (Sr.), Hawaii

Bo Scarbrough (Jr.), Alabama

Jordan Scarlett (Jr.), Florida

LJ Scott (Jr.), Michigan State

Bradrick Shaw (So.), Wisconsin

Armand Shyne (Jr.), Utah

Justin Silmon (Jr.), Kansas State

Ito Smith (Sr.), Southern Mississippi

Rodney Smith (Jr.), Minnesota

Benny Snell, Jr. (So.), Kentucky

Terry Swanson (Sr.), Toledo

Shaq Vann (Jr.), Eastern Michigan

Akrum Wadley (Sr.), Iowa

Mark Walton (Jr.), Miami

Warren Wand (Jr.), Arkansas State

Tre Watson (Sr.), Cal

Ralph Webb (Sr.), Vanderbilt

Mike Weber (So.), Ohio State

Braeden West (Jr.), SMU

Devwah Whaley (So.), Arkansas

Aeris Williams (Jr.), Mississippi State

Shaun Wilson (Sr.), Duke

Marquis Young (Jr.), Massachusetts

According to CU, “Among all active and returning FBS players, Lindsay ranks ninth in all-purpose yardage and his reception total is the second most of any returning running back (trailing Southern Miss' Ito Smith, who has 100).”