October 21, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall (16) fakes hand-off to Georgia Tech running back KirVonte Benson (30) in the second half of an NCAA college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Georgia Tech beat Wake Forest 38-24. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Georgia Tech’s KirVonte Benson lands on Doak Walker Award watch list

Georgia Tech B-back KirVonte Benson was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list Wednesday.

First awarded in 1990, the Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation’s top running back. 

The award has been presented to running backs such as USC’s Reggie Bush (2005), Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (2006 and 2007), Alabama’s Trent Richardson (2011) and Derrick Henry (2015) and most recently, Stanford’s Bryce Love (2017).

Benson, a former Marietta High School running back, made the second-team All-ACC team as a redshirt sophomore in 2017 when he started 11 games for the Yellow Jackets and rushed for 1,053 yards and six touchdowns becoming only the 16th Georgia Tech player to record 1,000 rushing yards in a season. 

Benson finished last season averaging 95.7 rushing yards per game, good for fourth in the ACC and 35th nationally. The Marietta native also averaged 5.2 yards per carry, ninth in the ACC.

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