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Chuba Hubbard Snubbed as Jonathan Taylor Wins Doak Walker Award

Chuba gets snubbed, again.



It makes you wonder what an Oklahoma State playmaker would have to do to be named the best in college football.

Chuba Hubbard did not win the 2019 Doak Walker Award winner, given each year to college football’s top running back by the SMU PwC Athletic Forum. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor was instead awarded the honor for his second-straight year.

Last year it was Tylan Wallace getting snubbed in the Biletnikoff race by Alabama Jerry Jeudy despite the superior stat line and impressive campaign, and this year it was Chuba’s turn.

An additional game, and a national audience in the Big Ten Championship, was enough for Taylor to nearly catch Chuba in rushing (he’s still 37 yards shy). Taylor and Hubbard are part of a three-way tie for second in rushing scores. Taylor did add five receiving TDs, and his total of 26 led the FBS.

With the win, Taylor becomes just the third player to win the award multiple times with Arkansas back Darren McFadden (2006 and 2007) and Texas running back Ricky Williams (1997 and 1998).

Chuba was also one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Award, given to the best player in college football regardless of position. That award went to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Hubbard was notably not one of four finalists for the Heisman Award.

Through 12 games, Chuba is still the nation’s leading rusher with 1,936 yards. His 21 rushing TDs is tied for second and his 2,161 all-purpose yards also leads the FBS.

Hubbard joined Kendall Hunter as the only Cowboys to ever be named Doak Walker finalists. They weren’t giving these things out when Barry Sanders swept award season in 1988. 

At least Chuba got to spend some time on the red carpet with his head coach, maybe the last time.

Chuba may very well have played his final game at Oklahoma State. If that’s the case, it stinks that he wasn’t able to collect a little hardware on his way out.

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