Wyoming sophomore running back Brian Hill was among 11 semifinalists for the 2015 Doak Walker Award announced on Wednesday by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. The Doak Walker award is presented annually to the nation’s premier college running back.
Hill, who ranks No. 4 in the nation in total rushing yards with 1,399 yards on the season, joins 10 of the nation’s other top running backs as semifinalists for this year’s honor. Hill is the only running back from a Group of Five school to be named a semifinalist.
The other 2015 semifinalists are: Devontae Booker (Sr., Utah); Alex Collins (Jr., Arkansas); Dalvin Cook (So., Florida State), Ezekiel Elliott (Jr., Ohio State); Leonard Fournette (So., LSU); Royce Freeman (So., Oregon); Derrick Henry (Jr., Alabama); Shock Linwood (Jr., Baylor); Christian McCaffrey (So., Stanford); and C.J. Prosise (Sr., Notre Dame).
Hill is one of five sophomores and one of nine underclassmen vying for this year’s honor. The sophomore from Belleville, Illinois, needs 57 more rushing yards to set a new University of Wyoming single-season rushing record.
Hill has 2,195 career rushing yards, which ranks him No. 6 all-time in school history as only a sophomore.
Three finalists for the award will be named on Nov. 24 and the 2015 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 10, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas on February 19, 2016.