BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana junior running back Devine Redding is a candidate for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced today. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.
Redding, in 2015, became the 17th rusher in program history to reach 1,000 yards in a season and his 1,012 yards rank 16th overall. He averaged 4.5 yards on 226 carries to go along with nine touchdowns.
The Youngstown, Ohio, native ranked third in the Big Ten in attempts, fifth in rushing yards, seventh with 77.8 rushing yards per game, tied for seventh in rushing TDs and tied for ninth in scoring (4.2 points per game).
Redding closed out the season with three straight 100-yard games, the first of his career. Over the three games, he rushed for 517 yards on 81 carries (6.2 average) and averaged 167.0 yards per game. Redding set IU and New Era Pinstripe Bowl records with career-highs in yards (227) and 35 attempts (6.5) in addition to one touchdown vs. Duke.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name 10 semifinalists on Nov. 16, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the three finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 22. The committee will cast a second vote beginning Nov. 28 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2016 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in early 2017.
The award, which will name its 27th recipient in 2016, is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.
Honoring the legends of sports for 27 years, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum celebrates outstanding success in athletics. Based in Dallas, the series features major figures from a variety of sports. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum includes four luncheons and the prestigious Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet.
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