DALLAS - Oklahoma State sophomore running back Kendall Hunter has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.
The announcement was made by The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors. The list will be trimmed to three finalists before the winner is announced Dec. 11 as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.
Hunter, who was not on the Walker watch list to start the season, is one of four sophomores on the semifinalists list. He is the only Big 12 running back among the remaining candidates.
Hunter is the nation's fourth leading rusher with an average of 133.2 yards per game and 1,332 rushing yards for the season. He is averaging 6.7 yards per carry and has rushed for 13 touchdowns. A product of John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, Hunter has rushed for at least 100 yards eight times this season and leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing by more than 50 yards per game.
Hunter becomes the third Cowboy to be named to a national award semifinalist list this season, joining quarterback Zac Robinson (Davey O'Brien) and punter Matt Fodge (Ray Guy).
The No. 11 Cowboys head to Colorado Saturday to face the Buffaloes in a 7 p.m. game. OSU is 8-2 on the season and 4-2 in Big 12 play.