FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden won the Doak Walker Award, an honor bestowed annually to the nation’s top running back, it was announced on ESPN at the 2006 Home Depot College Football Awards show.
The prestigious 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. It is the only major collegiate football 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
McFadden rushed for a school record 1,558 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, while throwing three touchdown passes and returning a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. He leads the SEC and is ranked 10th in the nation in rushing with 265 attempts, 1,558 yards, and 119.8 yards per game. His total is the ninth best rushing campaign in SEC history.
McFadden has collected nearly every award imaginable thus far after a record-breaking season. He was a unanimous selection by SEC coaches for the top player award in the league. He has already been named to multiple All-America teams including being named a Walter Camp All-American on Thursday night as well.