Texas Longhorns running back Keaontay Ingram (26) looks for room to run against Baylor in Waco on Nov. 23, 2019. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Trailing only Wisconsin, Texas eyes another Doak Walker Award as Keaontay Ingram makes watch list

Posted July 15th, 2020

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Keaontay Ingram is among the players listed on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, Texas announced on Wednesday.

The Doak Walker Award is the annual prize for the best running back in college football. It was first awarded in 1990 to Washington star Greg Lewis.

Texas running back D’Onta Foreman takes a selfie with the Doak Walker Award on Dec. 8, 2016 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

No school has won the Doak Walker Award more than five-time recipient Wisconsin. Winners of the last two awards, Wisconsin broke a tie with Texas last year. Texas had its Doak Walker Awards won by Ricky Williams (1997, 1998), Cedric Benson (2004) and D’Onta Foreman (2016).

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Ingram, who is entering his junior year, ran 144 times for a team-high 853 yards in 2019. The six-foot, 235-pound Ingram rushed for seven touchdowns and caught three touchdown passes.

Only one player who claimed the Doak Walker Award — BYU’s Luke Staley in 2001 — received fewer than 200 carries during their award-winning season. That tidbit may not bode well for Ingram’s candidacy. In addition to Ingram, Texas has retained experienced runners in Roschon Johnson and Daniel Young. Bijan Robinson, a five-star recruit, is also set to join the Longhorns this fall.

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