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Arizona RB Gary Brightwell named to Doak Walker Award watch list

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With J.J. Taylor off to the NFL, Gary Brightwell is in line to be Arizona Wildcats No. 1 running back for the first time in his career, and pundits suspect he in could be in for a monster year.

The senior was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list on Wednesday, joining eight other Pac-12 running backs. The award is given to the best running back in the country and 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.

Brightwell has been productive any time he has been on the field for the Wildcats, tallying 157 carries for 915 yards and nine touchdowns (eight rushing) in his career, an average of 5.8 yards per carry.

But Arizona has been deep at running back throughout his career, and as a junior he only carried the ball 66 times, churning out 390 yards and five touchdowns.

Arizona again will have a healthy stable of backs in 2020 (if there is a season), but Brightwell should still have the biggest workload of his career.

Here is the rest of the Doak Walker Award watch list. Pac-12 players are in bold.

2020 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST

  • Drake Anderson (So.), Northwestern
  • David Bailey (Jr.), Boston College
  • Max Borghi (Jr.), Washington State
  • Rakeem Boyd (Sr.), Arkansas
  • Gary Brightwell (Sr.), Arizona
  • Kennedy Brooks (Jr.), Oklahoma
  • Shamari Brooks (Sr.), Tulsa
  • Christopher Brown, Jr. (Jr.), Cal
  • Journey Brown (Jr.), Penn State
  • Spencer Brown (Sr.), UAB
  • Noah Cain (So.), Penn State
  • Jamale Carothers (Jr.), Navy
  • Stephen Carr (Sr.), USC
  • Michael Carter (Sr.), North Carolina
  • Andrew Clair (Jr.), Bowling Green
  • Elijah Collins (So.), Michigan State
  • James Cook (Jr.), Georgia
  • Jashaun Corbin (So.), Florida State
  • ReMahn Davis (So.), Temple
  • Travis Etienne (Sr.), Clemson
  • Demetric Felton (Sr.), UCLA
  • Alex Fontenot (Jr.), Colorado
  • Kenneth Gainwell (So.), Memphis
  • Tyler Goodson (So.), Iowa
  • Eric Gray (So.), Tennessee
  • Breece Hall (So.), Iowa State
  • Najee Harris (Sr.), Alabama
  • Javian Hawkins (So.), Louisville
  • Justin Henderson (Sr.), Louisiana Tech
  • Kylin Hill (Sr.), Mississippi State
  • George Holani (So.), Boise State
  • Chuba Hubbard (Jr.), Oklahoma State
  • Caleb Huntley (Sr.), Ball State
  • Mohamed Ibrahim (Jr.), Minnesota
  • Keaontay Ingram (Jr.), Texas
  • Deon Jackson (Sr.), Duke
  • Jermar Jefferson (Jr.), Oregon State
  • Josh Johnson (Sr.), ULM
  • Amare Jones (Jr.), Tulane
  • Lopini Katoa (Jr.), BYU
  • Wesley Kennedy III (Sr.), Georgia Southern
  • JD King (Sr.), Georgia Southern
  • Brenden Knox (Jr.), Marshall
  • Bryant Koback (Jr.), Toledo
  • Kobe Lewis (Jr.), Central Michigan
  • Vavae Malepeai (Sr.), USC
  • Kevin Marks (Jr.), Buffalo
  • Jordan Mason (Jr.), Georgia Tech
  • Kevin Mensah (Sr.), Connecticut
  • Dedrick Mills (Sr.), Nebraska
  • Elijah Mitchell (Sr.), Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Marcel Murray (Jr.), Arkansas State
  • Richard Newton (So.), Washington
  • Jaret Patterson (Jr.), Buffalo
  • Trey Ragas (Sr.), Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Miles Reed (Jr.), Hawaii
  • Ronnie Rivers (Sr.), Fresno State
  • Larry Rountree III (Sr.), Missouri
  • Mekhi Sargent (Sr.), Iowa
  • Stevie Scott III (Jr.), Indiana
  • B.J. Smith (Sr.), Troy
  • Isaiah Spiller (So.), Texas A&M
  • SaRodorick Thompson (So.), Texas Tech
  • Toa Taua (Jr.), Nevada
  • Corey Taylor II (Sr.), Tulsa
  • Xazavian Valladay (Jr.), Wyoming
  • CJ Verdell (Jr.), Oregon
  • Quardraiz Wadley (Sr.), UTEP
  • Gaej Walker (Sr.), Western Kentucky
  • Kenneth Walker III (So.), Wake Forest
  • Jaylen Warren (Sr.), Utah State
  • Nakia Watson (So.), Wisconsin
  • Zamir White (So.), Georgia
  • Charles Williams (Sr.), UNLV
  • Javonte Williams (Jr.), North Carolina
  • D.J. Williams (So.), Auburn