Leon Allen Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List


Knock knock. Who’s there? Another Hilltopper has been named to another award watch list.

This time, the player in question is running back Leon Allensomeone who many people (including the editor of this site) are expecting to step up and fill the shoes of Antonio Andrewsas Allen became the fourth Hilltopper in the past couple of weeks to be named to an award watch list, and the first skill-position player since Mitchell Henry was named to the John Mackey one. Allen saw 72 touches last year, and went for 370 yards and five scores and has eclipsed 670 yards and has eight TD’s in just two years (and with an all-out star on the squad) on the Hill. The more you look at it, the more it seems like Allen having a big year is inevitable – what kept Antonio from being a four year success? Oh yeah, a little guy named Bobby Rainey.

Speaking of Andrews and Rainey, they both were previously named to the same watch list, and this year’s inclusion of Allen makes it three times in four years a Hilltopper has done so. Rainey was named to the list in his senior year (2011), while Andrews did so last year (also his senior year). Andrews ended up being one of the 10 semifinalists for the award.

Allen is in elite C-USA company on the list, as only one other Conference back, Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon (who was named to the Preseason First Team All-Conference USA), was named to the 53-man “roster.” (Still baffling the Tops had no one selected. Yes, I mad.)

The preseason awards keep on keepin’ on, and if the fourth-place prediction bummed you out, each time a player earns such an honor, just hold your head high, and repeat to yourself “we’ll show them.” Because trust me. We will show them.