Jahwan Edwards, a junior running back on Ball State’s 2013 football team, is a nominee for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate running back.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced the preseason candidates for the 2013 Doak Walker Award and will name the semifinalists Nov. 14. The Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced Nov. 25. The committee will cast a second vote beginning 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 Show Dec. 12, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas, in February 2013. The award, in its 24th year, is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.
Edwards, a 2012 All-Mid-American Conference Third Team selection, started 12 games and played in all 13 for the Cardinals last season. He rushed for 1,410 yards, which ranks as the third best single-season effort in Ball State annals. Edwards had 14 rushing touchdowns a year ago, which is the third best single-season mark in school history. He tallied six games of 100 or more yards rushing last season, including a stretch of five straight contests. Edwards rushed for a career high 200 yards and tied his career high with three rushing TDs vs. Eastern Michigan.
Edwards has 25 career rushing touchdowns in 24 career games and ranks sixth in Ball State history for career rushing TDs. He has four career games with multiple touchdowns and three games in his career with three or more rushing TDs. Edwards has 2,196 career rushing yards, which ranks eighth on Ball State’s career chart.
Edwards is joined by four teammates who are on national award watch lists heading into the 2013 season – Zane Fakes (Mackey Award), Jamill Smith (Hornung Award), Willie Snead (Biletnikoff Award) and Keith Wenning (Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien).
Ball State, under the direction of third-year head football coach Pete Lembo, will open the 2013 season Thurs., Aug. 29, in a home game vs. Illinois State at Scheumann Stadium.