BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU running back Leonard Fournette has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2016 Doak Walker Award. The award is given to the top running back in the country.
Fournette, who has been limited to six games with a nagging ankle injury, has carried the ball 117 times this year for 803 yards and eight touchdowns. He is averaging 6.9 yards per carry and just under 134 yards per game.
The LSU junior is also fourth on the team with 15 receptions for 146 yards.
The award is named after Doak Walker who was a three-time SMU All-America running back and the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner. Walker, who also punted, returned kicks and kicked extra points, led the Mustangs to two Southwest Conference Championships.
The three finalists for the award will be named Tuesday, Nov. 22 and the Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8 on ESPN.