London, Ont. native Chase Brown named finalist for prestigious Doak Walker Award

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Canadian running back Chase Brown was unveiled as a finalist for the Doak Walker Award on Tuesday, presented annually to the top running back in college football.

The native of London, Ont. has rushed 328 times for 1,643 yards and 10 touchdowns this season along with 27 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks first in the NCAA in carries and plays from scrimmages and second in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage. He also ranks third in touchdowns in the Big Ten.

The five-foot-eleven, 205-pound ball carrier was the catalyst for Illinois reaching a 7-1 start to the season that saw them reach as high as No. 16 on the college football top 25 rankings. The club has since finished the season with an 8-4 record, their best win total since 2007.

Brown was listed as a semifinalist last week alongside Israel Abanikanda, Zach Charbonnet, Blake Corum, Mohamed Ibrahim, Quinshon Judkins, DeWayne McBride, Kendre Miller, Bijan Robinson, and Deuce Vaughn. He, Corum, and Robinson are the three finalists, one of whom will capture the award at the College Football Awards show on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Previous winners of the Doak Walker Award include Eddie George, Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, Reggie Bush, Melvin Gordon, Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor, and Najee Harris.