Following a strong freshman season, Arkansas sophomore running back Devwah Whaley was named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday.
The award is annually presented to the nationís top college running back.
Slated to be Arkansasí top running back in 2017, Whaley played a key role last season, backing up Rawleigh Williams III. In 13 games played, he rushed for 602 yards and three touchdowns on 110 carries and added six catches for 139 yards.
The Beaumont, Texas, product flashed explosiveness with runs for 75, 50, 34 and 30 yards and receptions for 43, 26, 26 and 23 yards, while becoming just the fourth Razorback in school history to record two 100-yard rushing games as a freshman.
Arkansas legend Darren McFadden is one of just two players to win the Doak Walker Award twice. McFadden became the first sophomore to take home the award in 2006 and repeated as the winner in 2007 when he rushed for a program record 1,830 yards.
Arkansas is now represented on nine different preseason award watch lists.