UGA junior running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have both been named to the 2016 Doak Walker Award Watch List, Southern Methodist University announced on Thursday.
The Doak Walker Award “was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community.”
The winner of the 2016 Doak Walker Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.
Nick Chubb, a native of Cedartown, Georgia, is recovering from a knee injury suffered last season at Tennessee. He has made good progress and will head into Fall practice with no limitations, according to UGA head coach Kirby Smart.
“He’s not going to have limitations in what he does initially,” Smart said. “That doesn’t mean he’ll scrimmage, it doesn’t mean he’ll go live. The limitations he’ll have when we’re in shorts, there won’t be any.”
In two seasons in Athens, Nick Chubb has rushed 311 times for 2,294 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also has 22 receptions for 245 yards.
Sony Michel, who hails from Plantation, Florida, is also recovering from an injury. Michel fractured his arm in an ATV accident over the Independence Day weekend.
In his two seasons with the Bulldogs, Sony Michel has carried the ball 282 times for 1,546 yards and 13 touchdowns. Michel also has 33 receptions for 376 yards and four touchdowns.