Darrin Reaves On Doak Walker Award Watch List

UABSPORTS.COM Darrin Reaves was named to the list of candidates for the 2013 Doak Walker Award Thursday.
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Darrin Reaves was named to the list of candidates for the 2013 Doak Walker Award Thursday.
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July 18, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB junior Darrin Reaves continues to gain national recognition after his outstanding 2012 season. On Thursday, Reaves was named to the list of preseason candidates for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's top college running back.

Reaves, who was named to the preseason All-Conference USA first team on Wednesday, Reaves became the fourth 1,000-yard rusher in Blazer history last season when he ran for 1,037 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Birmingham native who attended Clay-Chalkville High School also recorded 41 receptions for 302 yards in 2012. Reaves is the only running back in the country entering the 2013 season who surpassed 1,000 yards rushing and 40 catches last fall.

Reaves is one of five running backs from Conference USA schools on the list. The other C-USA candidates are Orleans Darkwa (Tulane), Kenneth Dixon (Louisiana Tech), Jordan Parker (Middle Tennessee) and Trey Watts (Tulsa).

The PwC SMU Athletics Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on Nov. 14, and the Doak Walker Award National Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov.25. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on Dec. 2 to determine the winner. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2013 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12 on ESPN. The Doak Walker Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas in February, 2014.

The award, in its 24th year, is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.

2013 Doak Walker Award Watch List
Ameer Abdullah (Jr.), Nebraska
Michael Alisa (Sr.), BYU
Antonio Andrews (Sr.), Western Kentucky
Dri Archer (Sr.), Kent State
Brendan Bigelow (Jr.), California
Beau Blankenship (Sr.), Ohio
Alfred Blue (Sr.), LSU
Dominique Brown (Jr.), Louisville
Ka'Deem Carey (Jr.), Arizona
B.J. Catalon (So.), TCU
Orleans Darkwa (Sr.), Tulane
Kenneth Dixon (So.), Louisiana Tech
Trayion Durham (Jr.), Kent State
Jahwan Edwards (Jr.), Ball State
David Fluellen (Sr.), Toledo
D.J. Foster (So.), Arizona State
Melvin Gordon (So.), Wisconsin
Marion Grice (Sr.),Arizona State
Todd Gurley (So.), Georgia
Joe Hill (Jr.), Utah State
John Hubert (Sr.), Kansas State
Carlos Hyde (Sr.), Ohio State
Waymon James (Sr.), TCU
Duke Johnson (So.), Miami
Storm Johnson (Jr.), UCF
Matt Jones (So.), Florida
Henry Josey (Jr.), Missouri
Ben Malena (Sr.), Texas A&M
Raymond Maples (Sr.), Army
Venric Mark (Sr.), Northwestern
Keith Marshall (So.), Georgia
Glasco Martin (Sr.), Baylor
Tre Mason (Jr.), Auburn
Lyle McCombs (Jr.), Connecticut
Adam Muema (Jr.), San Diego State
David Oku (Sr.), Arkansas State
Branden Oliver (Sr.), Buffalo
Jordan Parker (So.), Middle Tennessee
LaDarius Perkins (Sr.), Mississippi State
Senorise Perry (Sr.), Louisville
Christian Powell (So.), Colorado
Darrin Reaves (Jr.), UAB
Silas Redd (Sr.), USC
Bishop Sankey (Jr.), Washington
Lache Seastrunk (Jr.), Baylor
David Sims (Sr.), Georgia Tech
James Sims (Sr.), Kansas
Kiero Small (Sr.), Arkansas
Jeremy Smith (Sr.), Oklahoma State
Jerome Smith (Jr.), Syracuse
De'Anthony Thomas (Jr.), Oregon
Zurlon Tipton (Sr.), Central Michigan
Trey Watts (Sr.), Tulsa
Mark Weisman (Jr.), Iowa
James White (Sr.), Iowa State
James White (Sr.), Wisconsin
Andre Williams (Sr.), Boston College
Damien Williams (Sr.), Oklahoma
Jamaal Williams (So.), BYU
Jonathan Williams (Sr.), Arkansas
Storm Woods (So.), Oregon State
T.J. Yeldon (So.), Alabama
Zach Zwinak (Jr.), Penn State