College Miami Hurricanes

Travis Homer Named To Doak Walker Watch List

University of Miami junior running back Travis Homer is a man of few words – he lets his play speak for him.

His play has landed on him on a pair of college football’s top award watch lists, the most recent being a spot on the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list – the PcW SMU Athletic Forum announced Wednesday.

Homer was also tabbed for the Maxwell Award watch list earlier this week.

The Doak Walker Award, which will be presented live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 6 on ESPN, is awarded to the top running back in college football.

If Homer’s 2017 production is any indication, it’s a no-brainer as to why he’s a player to watch and it is not farfetched to think he could take home the award.

The Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy High School product played in all 13 games for the Hurricanes this past season but didn’t take over the No. 1 running back duties full-time until four games into the season after Mark Walton went down with an ankle injury.

Homer rushed for 966 yards and eight touchdowns on 163 carries while compiling 1,203 all-purpose yards and being named to the All-ACC Second Team.

Despite the University of Miami’s status as “Running Back U” – having produced the likes of Frank Gore, Clinton Portis, Najeh Davenport, Willis McGahee, and Edgerrin James – the school has never had a running back earn the award.

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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