McNichols A Doak Walker Semifinalist
Nov. 16, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols was named on Wednesday one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football’s top running back.

McNichols is joined on the list by fellow Mountain West backs Brian Hill (Wyoming) and Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State), in addition to Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Dalvin Cook (Florida State), D’Onta Foreman (Texas), Leonard Fournette (LSU), Aaron Jones (UTEP), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) and Kamryn Pettway (Auburn).

Over the past two seasons, McNichols has scored 48 touchdowns, more than any player in the FBS. This season, the Long Beach, Calif., native is the national leader in scoring with 22 touchdowns and 132 points, also ranking in the national top six in rushing touchdowns (18; second), rushing yards (1,369; fifth) and all-purpose yardage (1,849; sixth). He has posted eight 100-yard rushing performances this season, including a pair of 200-yard games, going for 208 yards and three rushing touchdowns at Oregon State (Sept. 24) and 217 yards with a pair of scores against Colorado State (Oct. 15).

He has separated himself from the national pack of running backs with his dual-threat capabilities, establishing himself as one of the top receiving backs in the country. Among the 10 Doak Walker Award semifinalists, McNichols tops the group in receiving yards (428) and touchdown receptions (four) while ranking tied for second in receptions (31). McNichols caught three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in the season opener at Louisiana (Sept. 3) and added five catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, which went for 76 yards, against BYU on Oct. 20.

McNichols has steadily worked his way up Boise State’s record book, as his 2016 rushing total of 1,369 currently ranks sixth in school single-season history, and his career total of 2,865 yards is ninth. He ranks fourth in school history with 50 touchdowns, fifth with 39 rushing scores, and his 15-career 100-yard rushing games rank sixth in school history.

His performance in 2016 has helped carry Boise State to a 9-1 record and a No. 20 ranking in the latest (Nov. 15) College Football Playoff poll, making the Broncos the highest-ranked Group of Five team. The Broncos, tied for first atop the Mountain Division at 5-1 in Mountain West play, host UNLV Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote after this weekend’s games, paring the list of semifinalists down to three finalists, who will be announced Nov. 22. The 2016 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 8 on ESPN.

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