Welcome to Watch List SZN, Stevie Scott.
Scott, a 6-foot-2, 231-pound junior made entirely of bags of concrete mix, is a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, college football’s top prize for running backs. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced the selection of Scott, along with 75 others, on Wednesday.
Scott enters 2020 needing only 18 yards to become the 14th Hoosier to reach 2,000 for his career. He would’ve gotten there last fall had he not missed the final two-plus games due to an injury suffered in Indiana’s home finale against Michigan. Scott is also tied for eighth in IU history with 20 career rushing touchdowns, and depending on how many games Indiana plays next season, he could catch Levron Williams (31) for third place on the Indiana leaderboard.
A second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019, Scott finished fourth in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (76.8), fifth in carries (178), tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns (10), tied for sixth in total TDs (11) and 10th in all-purpose yardage per game (96.0).
He’ll continue to be pushed next season by understudy Sampson James.
A list of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be announced in November. From there, the list will be whittled down to three finalists. A winner will be named during the College Football Awards Show.
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Doak Walker Award: Stevie Scott