MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin junior running back John Clay has been named one of 49 candidates for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college running back, the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum announced Wednesday.
Clay, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, led the Big Ten and ranked eighth in the country with 1,517 rushing yards in 2009. His 18 rushing touchdowns also led the Big Ten and tied for seventh in the nation.
It has been a busy offseason for Clay who has also been named to the preseason Watch Lists for the Walter Camp Award and Maxwell Awards. He was also selected as a Playboy All-American.
This is the second straight season Clay has been named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List. Ron Dayne is the only Wisconsin player to win the Doak Walker Award, bringing home the trophy in 1999. Dayne was also a finalist for the award in 1998 while Anthony Davis (2001), Brian Calhoun (2005) and P.J. Hill (2006) have all been semifinalists.
Wisconsin players now appear on the preseason Watch Lists for 16 major individual awards.
Clay and the Badgers, who are ranked No. 12 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, open their season on Sept. 4 at UNLV.
*thanks to Brian Lucas for this information*