Mississippi state running backs Jo’quavious Marks and Dillon Johnson were named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watchlist earlier this week. The prize is awarded annually to the best rusher in the country.
It’s an honor in itself, but having two players on the roster makes the Bulldogs the only Southeastern Conference team other than Georgia to have multiple players on the preseason watchlist for. the price.
Both players enjoyed success last year and will have the chance to continue showing their versatility in the Air Raid offense for the second year in a row in 2021.
Last season, Marks led the Bulldogs in rushing and receiving yards, totaling 325 rushing yards, with 60 receptions for 268 yards.
Johnson totaled 225 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go with 36 receptions for 157 yards.
He also became the first MSU rookie since 2013 to score multiple rushing touchdowns in a single game after scoring two goals against Georgia.
The 10 Doak Walker Award semi-finalists will be announced in November, with that number rising to three finalists later this month.
The winner of the award will be announced live at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards on December 9.
Here’s a look at the full list of conference nominees:
Brian robinson (Alabama)
Trelon Smith (Arkansas)
James cook (Georgia)
Zamir White (Georgia)
Chris Rodriguez Jr. (Kentucky)
Dillon johnson (State of Mississippi)
Brands Jo’quavious (State of Mississippi)
Jerrion Ealy (Olé Mademoiselle)
Isaiah Spiller (Texas A&M)
Kevin harris (Caroline from the south)
Bigsby Reservoir (Auburn)
Re’Mahn Davis (Vanderbilt)