Alabama Football’s Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List
Alabama sophomores Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris have been named to the 2016 Doak Walker Award watch list announced today by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum.
The duo are among 76 running backs from around the country named to the preseason watch list recognizing the nation’s top runner. Derrick Henry brought home the award a season ago, while Trent Richardson won the award in 2011.
A backup to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry in 2015, Harris rushed 46 times for 157 yards and a score while catching four passes for 13 yards. He ranked second on the team with nine kickoff returns for 174 yards including a long of 30. He also added two tackles on special teams. Harris looks to play a key role in the Alabama ground attack this season after gaining valuable experience as a true freshman.
Returning for his sophomore season after rushing for 104 yards on 18 carries as a true freshman in 2015, Scarbrough will look to play a major role in the Crimson Tide rushing attack. One of the top running back recruits in the country coming out of high school, he sat out the first four games of the 2015 season rehabbing from a knee injury. He saw playing time against Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Charleston Southern, Florida, Michigan State and Clemson by season’s end.
The Doak Walker Award has been presented annually since 1990 by the SMU Athletic Forum to recognize the top running back in college football. The award is named in honor of former college and NFL Hall of Famer Doak Walker. The 2016 winner will be announced at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December.