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Stephen Carr named to Doak Walker watch list

Indiana running back and USC transfer Stephen Carr was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list Wednesday. The award goes to the top running back in college football.

Carr rushed for 1,319 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons at USC and caught 57 passes for 421 yards and a touchdown.

A former five-star recruit, Carr is battling for the starting running back spot vacated by former starter Stevie Scott, who left after three seasons for the NFL and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints.

The full release from IU Athletics follows.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana graduate student running back Stephen Carr is a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday morning. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back.

Carr joined IU as a transfer from USC on May 20, 2021. He earned his degree in communications in May 2021.

The Gardena, Calif., native rushed for 1,329 yards on 264 carries (5.0 average) with 12 touchdowns in 35 games (6 starts) with the Trojans. Carr caught 57 passes for 421 yards (7.4) with one score, and he returned 15 kickoffs for 321 yards (21.4).

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.

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.

Honoring the legends of sports for 32 years, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum celebrates outstanding success in athletics. Based in Dallas, the series features major figures from a variety of sports. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum includes four luncheons and the prestigious Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet.

The Doak Walker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit and @NCFAA on Twitter to learn more about the association.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fourteen of the association’s 25 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates.

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