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Chuba Hubbard Named on Doak Walker Preseason Watch List

No surprises here.



To no one’s surprise, the nation’s leading rusher from last season in on the initial Doak Walker Award watch list.

Chuba Hubbard joins 75 other college running backs on the list. Hubbard ran for 2,094 yards in 2019 en route to being a finalist for the award that Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor eventually won.

Oklahoma’s Kennedy Brooks, Texas’ Keaontay Ingram, Iowa State’s Breece Hall and Texas Tech’s SaRodorick Thompson join Hubbard as Big 12 backs on the list.

Hubbard’s biggest competition for the award this season seem to be Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Alabama’s Najee Harris, both of whom unsurprisingly made the watch list.

Hubbard was a unanimous All-American and the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, his redshirt sophomore season. He eclipsed 100 rushing yards in every outing apart from the McNeese game, where he had only eight carries.

On four occasions, Hubbard ran for more than 200 yards, including 296 against Kansas State. His 21 rushing touchdowns last season was tied with Taylor for tops among Power Five backs. Here are his full game-by-game rushing totals from last season.

Opponent Carries Yards Touchdowns
Oregon State 26 221 3
McNeese 8 44 1
Tulsa 32 256 3
Texas 37 121 2
Kansas State 25 296 1
Texas Tech 34 156 3
Baylor 32 171 2
Iowa State 22 116 1
TCU 20 223 2
Kansas 23 122 2
West Virginia 26 106 0
Oklahoma 24 104 1
Texas A&M 19 158 0


Despite rushing for more yards and the same amount of touchdowns, Taylor still edged out Hubbard to win the 2019 Doak Walker, his second straight. However, Taylor is gone to the Indianapolis Colts, guaranteeing a new winner in 2020.

The Doak Walker has been awarded annually since 1990. No Oklahoma State back has ever won the award. The last Big 12 running back to win with award was Texas’ D’Onta Foreman in 2016.

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