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Trio of Nittany Lions Named to Doak Walker Award Watchlist

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Not one, not two, but three Nittany Lions running backs get preseason attention

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It’s no secret that those who follow and cover the Penn State Football program closely think very highly of the Nittany Lions running back room.

It looks like Doak Walker Award committee thinks just as highly of the position group. On Wednesday, three Penn State running backs were named to the Doak Walker Award watch list with the inclusion of senior John Lovett, junior Noah Cain, and sophomore Keyvone Lee.

Lovett, a transfer from Baylor enters the program with nearly 2,000 total yards from scrimmage in his career, including 1,803 career rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Cain, entered last season as the Nittany Lions starting running back but had his season cut short due to a foot injury just three carries into the season. Lee, a rising sophomore was the most impressive back for Penn State last year with 89 carriers for 438 yards and four touchdowns.

The last Nittany Lion to win the Doak Walker Award was Larry Johnson in 2002. Though Saquon Barkley did come close in 2017 when he was a finalist for the trophy, but it went to Stanford’s Bryce Love.