FAYETTEVILLE - While in Hoover, Ala. Wednesday as one of the Razorbacks’ three player representatives with Arkansas Coach Chad Morris at SEC Football Media Days, senior running back Devwah Whaley learned that he and Arkansas junior running back Rakeem Boyd both are on the Doak Walker Award Watch List released Wednesday in Dallas.
Named for former SMU All-American running back Doak Walker the Doak Walker Award in December honors the nation’s top collegiate running back.
Despite playing for a 2-10 team and suffering shoulder injuries eventually requiring postseason surgery and breaking in as a junior college transfer not practicing with the team until last August, Boyd last season led the Razorbacks in rushing with 734 yards on 123 carries.
Whaley, a 3-year letterman with 1,529 career rushing yards, also fought through injuries last season while rushing for 368 yards, 165 against Colorado State for the best rushing game by a Razorback in 2018.
“I haven’t really had a full healthy season since freshman year,” Whaley told media Wednesday in Hoover. “That’s pretty much my main goal is to stay healthy this season and to win.”
Whaley and Boyd aspire to join Darren McFadden, the Doak Walker Award winner while an All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2006 and 2007, to as a Razorback voted the Doak Walker Award.