Boise State University sixth-year senior D.J. Harper was named one of 52 preseason candidates for the 2012 Doak Walker Award Thursday, an award given annually to the nation’s top collegiate running back.
Harper finished as the Broncos’ second-leading rusher last season, picking up 557 yards on 115 carries. He scored a career-high nine rushing touchdowns in 2011, increasing his career total to 24, the ninth-most in school history.
Harper has four 100-yard rushing games on his career, including two in back-to-back games against UNLV (109) and TCU (125) last season.
He had averaged 6.5 and 8.9 yards per carry through three games in both 2009 and 2010, respectively, before suffering season-ending knee injuries each season. Harper was granted a sixth year of eligibility for 2012.
The award, in its 23rd year, is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.
Semifinalists for the award will be named Nov. 9, and the finalists will be announced Nov. 19. The recipient of the 2012 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show Dec. 6, on ESPN.