Georgia rising sophomore tailbacks Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley were named to the Doak Walker Award watch list on Thursday.
The Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community.
Marshall tallied 759 yards on 117 carries (6.5 average) and finished his first season with eight touchdowns. He played in all 14 games and started the 2013 Capital One Bowl against Nebraska. Marshall finished the bowl game with 75 all-purpose yards and snagged a touchdown catch.
Gurley was a 2012 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American after becoming the 12th Georgia player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first since Knowshon Moreno in 2008. Gurley ran for 1,385 yards, which ranks sixth in school history for a single season, and 17 touchdowns (a school freshman record) on 222 carries (6.2 average).
Semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be announced Nov. 14, and the finalists will be named on Nov. 25. The award winner will be named during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12. The award will be presented at a banquet in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 13.
Only Gurley and Bulldogs legend Herschel Walker have tallied at least 1,000 yards as true freshmen. Gurley finished 2012 with nine games in which he rushed for at least 100 yards, which ranks third in school history for a season.
Former Georgia player Garrison Hearst won the 1992 Doak Walker Award. More recently, Moreno was a finalist for the honor in 2008.