SDSU running back Donnel Pumphrey among Doak Walker Award finalists

Posted at 12:30 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 15:30:37-05

SAN DIEGO - Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State is among the three finalists for the Doak Walker Award as college football's top running back which will be presented Thursday in Atlanta.

The other two finalists are Dalvin Cook of Florida State and D'Onta Foreman of Texas. Pumphrey is a senior, while Cook and Foreman are both juniors.

Pumphrey is second in the nation with a school-record 2,018 rushing yards, 10 yards behind Foreman, who has played two fewer games. Cook is sixth with 1,620 yards in 11 games, two less than Pumphrey.

The winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards, which will be aired live on ESPN, beginning at 4 p.m. PST.

The award will be presented at the College Football Hall of Fame by Calvin Hill, a four-time Pro Bowl selection as a Dallas Cowboys running back in the 1970s after a standout college career at Yale.

The award has been given annually since 1990. It has never been won by a San Diego State player.

The award is named for Doak Walker, the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner while playing for Southern Methodist and a member of the college and pro football halls of fame.