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Brown Jr. Named A Doak Walker Award Preseason Candidate

Jul 15, 2020
Christopher Brown Jr. was named a preseason candidate for the 2020 Doak Walker Award on Wednesday.

FORT WORTH – Junior running back Christopher Brown Jr. was selected Wednesday as a preseason candidate for the 2020 Doak Walker Award the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Wednesday. The award is presented annually to the nation's top running back.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name 10 semifinalists in November, as well as three finalists voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, later in the month. The committee will cast a second vote in December to determine the recipient. The recipient of the Doak Walker Award will be announced live as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 10, 2020.

The award is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker, while the committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives. It 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.

Below are notes on Brown Jr. as well as a list of Cal's 2020 honors to date. Extended bios are available by clicking on each name.
 
Christopher Brown Jr., RB, 6-1, 230, Jr., 2L, Oceanside, CA (El Camino HS)
– A 2020 second–team preseason All-Pac-12 selection of Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Phil Steele
– Has played in all 26 games possible including 12 starts since his arrival at Cal as a freshman in 2018 with all of his starts coming as a 2019 sophomore when he set career highs in rushes (208), yards rushing (914), rushing touchdowns (8), receptions (22), yards receiving (166), touchdown receptions (4), total touchdowns (12), points (72), total offense (914) and all-purpose yards (1259)
– Cal's active career leader in rushes (245), yards rushing (1062), rushing touchdowns (9), receiving touchdowns (4), total touchdowns (13), points (78) and all-purpose yards (1259)
 
2020 Cal Football Honors
Luc Bequette (Sr., DL) – Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (BANG/Jon Wilner), Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Phil Steele)
Christopher Brown Jr. (Jr., RB) – Doak Walker Award Preseason Candidate, Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele)
Camryn Bynum (Sr., CB) – Bednarik Award Watch List, First-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (BANG/Jon Wilner, Lindy's), Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Phil Steele)
Jake Curhan (Sr., OL) – Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (BANG/Jon Wilner, Phil Steele), Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Lindy's)
Kuony Deng, ILB (Sr., ILB) – Bednarik Award Watch List, First-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele), Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon, BANG/Jon Wilner), Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Lindy's), Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
Chase Garbers (Jr., QB) – No. 28 Pac-12 Player (247Sports/College Football News), Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Lindy's), Fourth-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
Tony Gonzalez (1994-96, TE) – College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot
Cameron Goode (Sr., OLB) – Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Lindy's), Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele), Fourth-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon)
Elijah Hicks (Sr., S) – Second-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon), Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
Brett Johnson (So., DL) – Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon)
Zeandae Johnson (Sr., DE/DT) – Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Athlon)
Tevin Paul (Sr., OLB/DE) – Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Lindy's)
Nikko Remigio (Jr., WR/PR) – Fourth-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 Wide Receiver (Athlon), Third-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 Punt Returner (Athlon, Phil Steele)
Ron Rivera (1980-83, LB) – College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot
Michael Saffell (Sr., OL) – Third-Team All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Lindy's), Fourth-Team Preseason All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
Slater Zellers (So., LS) – Third-Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
 
The Doak Walker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which is unveiling its preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fourteen of the association's 25 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates.
 
2020 NCFAA Preseason Watch List Calendar
Monday, July 13 – Bednarik Award
Tuesday, July 14 – Davey O'Brien Award
Wednesday, July 15 – Doak Walker Award
Thursday, July 16 – Biletnikoff Award
Friday, July 17 – Mackey Award
Monday, July 20 – Butkus Award & Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Tuesday, July 21 – Bronco Nagurski Trophy & Outland Trophy
Wednesday, July 22 – Lou Groza Award & Ray Guy Award
Thursday, July 23 – Paul Hornung Award & Wuerffel Trophy
Friday, July 24 – Maxwell Award