BOULDER — Senior tailback Phillip Lindsay was named Friday as one of 11 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented to the nation's top running back.
Lindsay joins Rashaan Salaam, who won the award in 1994, and Chris Brown, who was the runner-up in 2002, as the third Buffalo to advance to semifinalist status for the Doak, which was first presented in 1990.
A 5-8, 190-pounder from Denver South High School, he has been among the nation's rushing leaders all season, currently fourth in total yards (1,402), ninth in per game average (127.5) and 12th in rushing touchdowns (13). He's also 12th in all-purpose yards per game (149.6) and 35th in scoring (84 points).
"It means a lot to me, it's a tremendous honor to represent my state, my team and the University of Colorado," Lindsay said. "But as I've always said, it's really not about me, it's about my teammates. The offensive linemen up front, the receivers getting down the field throwing blocks. It's certainly a privilege to be semifinalist considering all the great running backs in college football." It is especially significant since Lindsay tore his ACL in the first game of his senior year and went virtually unrecruited at that point on, but CU had offered him a scholarship and did not pull the offer.