Northern Illinois University tailback Cameron Stingily was named a candidate for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday.
Presented to the nation’s top collegiate running back, the Doak Walker Award is the only major college award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. In it’s 25th year, the award is named for SMU’s three-time All-American running back Doak Walker.
Stingily enjoyed a breakout season for the Huskie in 2013. The native of Bollingbrook rushed for 1,119 yards on 203 carries and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He also added 44 yards receiving on seven catches in 13 games played. Stingily was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 266 yards on 37 carries while scoring two touchdowns at Kent State.
One of 53 running backs named as a candidate from across the country, Stingily is one of three on the list by fellow Mid-American Conference players Jahwan Edwards of Ball State and Eastern Michigan’s Bronson Hill.
Stingily is the fifth Huskie to garner preseason recognition. Wide receiver Da’Ron Brown was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list and linebacker Jamaal Bass was named to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award earlier this week. Tommylee Lewis earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award watch list and tight end Luke Eakes was named to the Mackey Award watch list last week.