Tennessee sophomore running back Jabari Small has been named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nations top running back.
The Memphis native is expected to play a key role for the Vols with the departure of their top two running backs from 2020 Eric Grey and Ty Chandler. Small saw action in all 10 games last season totaling 26 carries for 117 yards and four receptions for 24 yards.
The award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced in November. The committee will cast a second vote in December to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2021 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards in December.