Zach Zwinak Named To Doak Walker Watch List
Penn Staters continue to be named to preseason watch lists, as running back Zach Zwinak appears on the Doak Walker Award Watch List.
The award, which is named after the former Southern Methodist running back and Heisman Trophy winner, is annually given out to the best running back in college football. Zwiank hopes to keep the award in the Big Ten, as Wisconsin’s Montee Ball won it in 2012.
Zwinak, who has already been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, was a pleasant surprise for the Nittany Lions last year, as he burst onto the scene and ran for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games. Zwinak is one of seven Big Ten running backs to be named to the watch list.
Running behind an experienced offensive line, coupled with Penn State’s uncertainty at quarterback, could help Zwinak’s chances, as both would suggest that the Nittany Lions would run the ball as much as possible. Of course, Zwinak is hindered by the fact that he will be sharing carries with two other talented running backs: Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch.
The Nittany Lions have some history with the Doak Walker Award, as Larry Johnson won it in 2002. Johnson ran for 2,087 yards and 20 touchdowns en route to being named a first-team All American.
Zwinak, Deion Barnes, Glenn Carson, Kyle Carter, John Urschel and Allen Robinson have all been named to preseason award watch lists. The only watch list that has yet to be announced is the Walter Camp Award Watch List, which is given out annually to the best college football player in America.