July 18, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University football running back Beau Blankenship scored another preseason honor on Thursday as he was selected as a Doak Walker Award Candidate. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.
Earlier this month, the Norman, Okla. native was named to the Watch List for the 77th Annual Maxwell Football Club Award - an honor given to America's college player of the year since 1937.
Blankenship, who has already seen earned a number of preseason accolades, is one of just seven players from the Mid-American Conference to be selected as a Doak Walker Award Candidate.
In 2012, Blankenship garnered Second Team accolades after he was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team and Phil Steele All-MAC First Team following a breakout 2012 campaign. During his junior season, Blankenship rushed for a single-season school record 1,604 yards on the ground. He also rushed for 15 touchdowns, four of which came in the Independence Bowl, which tied the single bowl game record as he went on to earn Co-Offensive MVP honors with his high school teammate, Tyler (Norman, Okla.).
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on Nov. 14, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 25. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on Dec. 2 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2013 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas, in February 2013.
Ohio opens the 2013 season on Sunday, Sept. 1 against the University of Louisville inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The game is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN.