|Awarded for||The nation's top college football running back|
|Most recent||Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State|
Since 1990 the Doak Walker Award honors the top running back in college football in the United States. It is named in honor of Doak Walker, a former running back who played for the SMU Mustangs from 1945 to 1949 and in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions from 1950 to 1955. The player is selected by the award's National Selection Committee, which consists of notable sportswriters, television commentators, analysts, radio sports personalities and former All-America and NFL All-Pro football players.
To qualify for the award, the following criteria must be met:
The award recipient receives a sculpture of Doak Walker, cast in bronze and mounted on a wooden base. It was created by artist Blair Buswell, who has sculpted the busts of more than a dozen inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Wisconsin running backs won four times in eight years from 2012 to 2019 and Wisconsin has the most wins with 5.
Ricky Williams (Texas - 1997, 1998), Darren McFadden (Arkansas - 2006, 2007) and Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin - 2018, 2019) are the only three players to win the award more than once.
|Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|1993||Byron "Bam" Morris||Texas Tech|
|1995||Eddie George||Ohio State|
|1996||Byron Hanspard||Texas Tech (2)|
|2002||Larry Johnson||Penn State|
|2004||Cedric Benson||Texas (3)|
|2012||Montee Ball||Wisconsin (2)|||
|2013||Andre Williams||Boston College|||
|2014||Melvin Gordon||Wisconsin (3)|||
|2015||Derrick Henry||Alabama (2)|||
|2016||D'Onta Foreman||Texas (4)|||
|2017||Bryce Love||Stanford (2)|||
|2018||Jonathan Taylor||Wisconsin (4)|||
|2020||Najee Harris||Alabama (3)|||
|2021||Kenneth Walker III||Michigan State|