Carrying the Rock



July 17, 2014

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF sophomore William Stanback was selected as a candidate for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

Stanback was one of just nine sophomores picked as a preseason candidate.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists Nov. 18, with the finalists announced Nov. 24. The recipient of the Doak Walker Award will be revealed on The Home Depot College Football Awards Dec. 11 on ESPN. The award is in its 25th year, and is named after SMU's three-time All-America running back.

UCF on Preseason Watch Lists
Clayton Geathers - Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) and CFPA Defensive Backs Trophy
Jacoby Glenn - Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back)
Joey Grant - Rimington Trophy Spring and Fall (most outstanding center)
Rannell Hall - Biletnikoff Award (most outstanding receiver), Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) and CFPA Kickoff Returner Trophy
Shawn Moffitt - Lou Groza Award (best placekicker) and CFPA Placekicker Trophy
Breshad Perriman - Biletnikoff Award (most outstanding receiver) and CFPA Wide Receivers Trophy
Terrance Plummer - Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman of the year), Butkus Award (best linebacker) and CFPA Linebackers Trophy
William Stanback - Doak Walker Award (best running back) and CFPA Running Backs Trophy
Torrian Wilson - Outland Trophy (most outstanding interior lineman)

Stanback served as one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 campaign, even though he ran behind eventual seventh-round NFL Draft pick Storm Johnson. The duo represented UCF on the all-conference squads as Johnson was on the All-American Athletic Conference First Team and Stanback was on the Second Team.

A College Football News All-Freshman Honorable Mention choice, Stanback delivered 443 rushing yards on 105 carries as a true freshman for the Black and Gold. He also amassed six touchdowns on the ground in the process.

In the receiving game, Stanback stepped up late in the season. He had just two catches in his first eight contests before having 13 in his final five outings. Overall, Stanback finished with 15 receptions for 186 yards and a score. He also helped special teams with 11 kickoff returns for 218 yards.

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