Kansas State senior running back John Hubert was named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top college running back for the second straight year, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday.
Hubert, one of 63 players nationally and nine from the Big 12 up for the award, is K-State’s fourth two-time candidate, joining J.J. Smith (1993 and 1994), Darren Sproles (2003 runner-up, 2004) and Daniel Thomas (2009, 2010 semifinalist).
A product of Waco, Texas, Hubert ranked fourth in the Big 12 in rushing at 72.8 yard per game last season, while he had 15 rushing touchdowns to finish third.
Also a candidate for the Maxwell Award and a Preseason All-Big 12 pick, Hubert earned All-Big 12 First-Team honors in 2012 from the league’s coaches and enters the 2013 season just 15 yards shy of K-State’s career top-10 for rushing yardage.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on Nov. 14, finalists on Nov. 25 and the winner during College Football Awards Show on ESPN Dec.12.
The Wildcats kick off the 2013 campaign and open the new West Stadium Center on Friday, Aug. 30 when they host back-to-back FCS national champion North Dakota State at 7:30 p.m., televised by nationally by FOX Sports 1.