Redding named preseason candidate for Doak Walker Award #iufb

Devine Redding is the latest Hoosier to land on a preseason watch list.

The Indiana junior running back is a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation’s top running back.

Redding closed the 2015 season with a burst of momentum, becoming the 17th rusher in program history to reach 1,000 yards in a season after setting IU and Pinstripe Bowl records with career-highs in yards (227) and attempts (25) in a loss to Duke on Dec. 26.

Redding finished with 1,012 yards, while averaging 4.5 yards per carry on 226 touches. He also scored nine touchdowns. Redding ranked third in the Big Ten in attempts, fifth in rushing yards and seventh with 77.8 rushing yards per game.

With starter Jordan Howard lost due to a knee injury late in the year, Redding closed the season with three consecutive 100-yard games. Across those three contests, Redding rushed for 517 yards on 81 carries, while averaging 6.2 yards per touch and 167 yards per game.

A list of 10 semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 16.

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  1. It is good to see IU players recognized by the national groups. I hope Redding has the kind of year that makes people notice IU RBs even more. Higher ranked backs may go to the football factories but don’t gain any more yards than the backs IU gets. I expect better players to start paying attention when IUFB starts beating a few of the top teams. Upsets instead of coming close say a lot more to players that don’t focus on all IU is doing for their players. Even OL players choose to go elsewhere while Coach Frey is starting to crank out NFL players from high school players ranked as 3 star. Imagine what he could do with even better recruits.

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