Shumpert selected for Doak Walker watch list

Ashton Shumpert

Ashton Shumpert

Mississippi State junior Ashton Shumpert was one of 69 running backs selected to the Doak Walker Award watch list on Thursday.

Shumpert, a 6-foot-2, 218-pounder from Fulton, appeared in a dozen games for the Bulldogs last season including two starts. He rushed 47 times for 274 yards and two touchdowns while catching three passes for 18 yards and making six special teams tackles.

For his career, Shumpert has amassed 504 all-purpose yards and five scores.

The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the top tailback in the country. Semifinalists will be named on Nov. 18 and narrowed to three finalists on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10 as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon was the Doak Walker Award winner in 2014.

2015 Doak Walker Award Candidates

Leon Allen (Jr.), Western Kentucky Devontae Booker (Sr.), Utah
Matt Breida (Jr.), Georgia Southern Brandon Burks (Sr.), Troy
Jordan Canzeri (Sr.), Iowa Tra Carson (Sr.), Texas A&M
Nick Chubb (So.), Georgia Corey Clement (Jr.), Wisconsin
Alex Collins (Jr.), Arkansas James Conner (Jr.), Pittsburgh
Marcus Cox (Jr.), Appalachian State Justin Davis (Jr.), USC
Matt Dayes (Jr.), North Carolina State Kenneth Dixon (Sr.), Louisiana Tech
Ezekiel Elliott (Jr.), Ohio State Kenneth Farrow (Sr.), Houston
Josh Ferguson (Sr.), Illinois Tarean Folston (Jr.), Notre Dame
Leonard Fournette (So.), LSU Jarvion Franklin (So.), Western Michigan
Royce Freeman (So.), Oregon Wayne Gallman (So.), Clemson
Michael Gordon (Sr.), Arkansas State Johnathan Gray (Sr.), Texas
Aaron Green (Sr.), TCU Travis Greene (Sr.), Bowling Green
Russell Hansbrough (Sr.), Missouri Derrick Henry (Jr.), Alabama
Jon Hilliman (So.), Boston College Jordan Howard (Sr.), Indiana
Kareem Hunt (Jr.), Toledo LaJuan Hunt (So.), Utah State
Darius Jackson (Sr.), Eastern Michigan Don Jackson (Sr.), Nevada
Justin Jackson (So.), Northwestern Paul James (Sr.), Rutgers
Devon Johnson (Sr.), Marshall Aaron Jones (Jr.), UTEP
Daniel Lasco (Sr.), California Ray Lawry (So.), Old Dominion
Shock Linwood (Jr.), Baylor Robert Lowe (Sr.), Texas State
Akeel Lynch (Jr.), Penn State Marlon Mack (So.), South Florida
Tre Madden (Sr.), USC Christian McCaffrey (So.), Stanford
Elijah McGuire (Jr.), Louisiana-Lafayette Samaje Perine (So.), Oklahoma
Paul Perkins (Jr.), UCLA Christian Powell (Sr.), Colorado
Shaquille Powell (Sr.), Duke Donnel Pumphrey (Jr.), San Diego State
Demario Richard (So.), Arizona State Ashton Shumpert (Jr.), Mississippi State
William Stanback (Jr.), UCF Chris Swain (Sr.), Navy
Anthone Taylor (Sr.), Buffalo Jahad Thomas (Jr.), Temple
Shane Tucker (Jr.), Middle Tennessee Thomas Tyner (Jr.), Oregon
Marteze Waller (Sr.), Fresno State DeAndre Washington (Sr.), Texas Tech
Dwayne Washington (Jr.), Washington Ralph Webb (So.), Vanderbilt
Shaun Wick (Sr.), Wyoming Brandon Wilds (Sr.), South Carolina
Jamaal Williams (Sr.), BYU Jonathan Williams (Sr.), Arkansas
Nick Wilson (So.), Arizona

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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