Clemson running back Andre Ellington and USC tailback Marcus Lattimore have both been named preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award. That honor goes to the top running back in college football.
Lattimore, a Byrnes high product, set a USC freshman record with 1,197 yards rushing last season. He scored a school record 17 touchdowns.
Ellington, a junior out of Berkley High School, rushed for 718 yards and ten touchdowns last season. He put up those numbers despite missing four games because of a toe injury. His longest touchdown run of the season was 71 yards.
The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football 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. It is named for SMU’s three-time All-American running back. The award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association.