MADISON, Wis. University of Wisconsin running backs Montee Ball and James White have been named as candidates for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top tailback.
Ball, a 2011 Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker finalist, led the country with 1,923 yards rushing last season. He scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first 13 games and tied Barry Sanders' NCAA FBS record with 39 touchdowns scored.
White, the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, finished the 2011 season with 863 yards from scrimmage, including 713 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He and Ball helped the Badgers lead the Big Ten with 235.6 rushing yards per game, as well as 469.9 total yards and 44.1 points per game.
Wisconsin and TCU are the only two schools with two running backs represented on the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list.
Ball is one of four semifinalists from last year to reappear on the Doak Walker Award list, along with Nebraska's Rex Burkhead, Oklahoma State's Joseph Randl...