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IU running back named a candidate for Doak Walker Award

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Stevie Scott III's preseason keeps getting better as he's been connected with another national award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 24 Purdue at Indiana
Indiana Hoosier running back Stevie Scott (21) celebrates his touchdown during the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Indiana Hoosiers on November 24, 2018 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington IN.
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Just days after landing on the Maxwell Award preseason watch list IU running back Stevie Scott III has been attached to another award.

On Wednesday the PwC SMU Athletic Forum released its list of preseason candidates for the 2019 Doak Walker Award and the sophomore was included. Other candidates include Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Boston College’s AJ Dillon. Scott is one of 17 sophomores among the 72 candidates. He’s also one of eight representatives of the Big Ten on the list.

The award is named for former SMU running back and three-time All-American Doak Walker and is the only major collegiate 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. The award is presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate running back.

As a true freshman Scott rushed for 1,137 yards and 10 touchdowns, some of the best marks among true freshmen nationally. He also set multiple IU true freshman records and is expected to be the lead back for IU this season under new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name 10 semifinalists in November. IU’s season begins on Aug. 31 with a game against Ball State in Indianapolis.