TCU Duo on Doak Walker Award Watch List
July 18, 2013
DALLAS -- TCU tailbacks B.J. Catalon and Waymon James have been named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's top running back.
TCU is one of just nine schools nationally to have more than one player on the list.
Catalon and James give the Horned Frogs 10 players on various watch lists for national awards this season.
As a true freshman last year, Catalon led TCU in rushing with 582 yards. It was the highest total by a TCU true freshman since Aaron Brown ran for 758 yards in 2005. Catalon became the first freshman to lead the Horned Frogs in rushing since 2003 (Robert Merrill, 1,107 yards) and the first true freshman since Lonta Hobbs in 2002 (1,029 yards).
Catalon topped all TCU backs and was fifth on the team with 23 receptions. The Houston native ran for a season-high 86 yards with four catches against Iowa State. He also had 79 yards in a 49-21 win at Baylor.
James ran for 168 yards on a 9.9 per carry average before suffering a season-ending injury in TCU's second game of the 2012 campaign. He was the Horned Frogs' leading rusher in 2011 with 875 yards. His 7.2 per carry mark ranked seventh nationally.
A Sherman, Texas, native, James topped the 100-yard mark in three games in 2011, including a career-high 181 yards on just 12 carries at Wyoming. As a redshirt freshman in the 2010 season, James picked up the final first down of the game to seal TCU's 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin.
TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson was the 2000 Doak Walker Award recipient.