Wright included on Doak Walker Award Watch List

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    Mark Wheeler
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    DALLAS – Florida running back Nay’Quan Wright was announced as a candidate for the 2022 Doak Walker Award on Wednesday.

    The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back.

    Wright saw action in 12 games last season and rushed for 326 yards with a touchdown. He caught 14 passes for a total of 178 yards, including a career-long of 51 vs. Vanderbilt. A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, he averaged 27.2 yards on the ground per game and 14.8 yards per reception in the 2021 campaign.

    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 2022 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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