Breida named a Doak Walker semifinalist

Sophomore running back Matt Breida joins the list of semifinalists after amassing over 1,400 rushing yards and 16 TDs on the season.

William Cheney

Georgia Southern sophomore running back Matthew Breida has garnered more attention this week as he was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker award.

The award, which is named after the College and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate running back. The list of winners includes the likes of Darren McFadden (’06-’07), Reggie Bush (’05) and LaDanian Tomlinson (’00). Other than Breida, the list of 10 semifinalists includes:

Melvin Gordon, junior, Wisconsin

Ameer Abdullah, senior, Nebraska

Jay Ajayi, junior, Boise State

Javorius Allen, junior, USC

Cameron Artis-Payne, senior, Auburn

Tevin Coleman, junior, Indiana

James Connor, sophomore, Pitt

Devon Johnson, junior, Marshall

Duke Johnson, junior, Miami

In 2014, Breida has compiled 1,434 (130.4/game) rushing yards, which puts him at fourth in the nation, and 16 rushing touchdowns. He has seven games with at least 100 yards and two games topping the 200 mark.

The three finalists for the award will be named on Nov. 25.