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Penn State RB Keyvone Lee on Walker Watch List

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Penn State running back Keyvone Lee, who is entering his third college football season, is on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back.

Lee has averaged 4.9 yards per carry in each of his first two seasons. In 2020, the true freshman ran for 438 yards and four touchdowns in eight games.

Last year, Lee, splitting time with Noah Cain and John Lovett, ran for 530 yards and a pair of scores in 13 games.

This season, Lee will likely be sharing the backfield to an extent with five-star freshman Nick Singleton, and Singleton’s classmate Kaytron Allen could get some playing time as well.

There are 73 players on the Doak Walker Award watch list, and the candidates will be narrowed down to 10 in November.

Eventually, only three players will be in the running before a winner is named.

A Big Ten running back has won the award four times in the past decade, including last season, when Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker won it.

The Doak Walker Award is named for the legendary SMU running back and has been given out annually since 1990, when Washington’s Greg Lewis became the first winner.

Larry Johnson is the only Penn State player to win it, doing so in 2002.

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