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Javian Hawkins Named To The Doak Walker Award Watch List

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Although there is still plenty of uncertainty regarding the 2020 college football season, list season appears to be in full effect.

Louisville sophomore running back Javian Hawkins is the latest Louisville Cardinal to see his name featured in the initial watch list for one of college football’s most prestigious awards.

Hawkins has been named to the watch list for the 2020 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.

The Titusville, Florida, native had a breakout season in 2019 finishing seventh nationally in rushing with 1,520 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hawkins set the program record for most rushing yards by a running back, breaking Howard Stevens’ previous mark of 1,429 yards in 1971.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced in November. The committee will cast a second vote in December 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 2020 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards.

The award 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.

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