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Oregon RB Royce Freeman to be added to Doak Walker Award watch list

Oregon senior running back Royce Freeman will be added to the Doak Walker Award watch list today, according to Chris Perry, spokesperson for the prestigious award given annually to the best running back in the college football.

As it turns out, Freeman's name was left off of the initial 61-player list because Oregon had not submitted his name to Doak Walker officials.

Oregon's sports information department has gone through a transition this summer with long-time director Dave Williford retiring and being replaced by Jimmy Stanton. 

The Doak Walker Award sent out its initial request for nominees on June 19. Players can be nominated through October. Universities are entrusted to submit qualified candidates based on certain criteria award officials trust the programs to filter through, Perry said. 

Freeman meets all of the criteria but his name had yet to be submitted. Stanton took over the department in late June but has been in the process of relocating and preparing for the upcoming season.  An Oregon source said that nobody in the department was aware of the request for nominations. 

CSN reached out to the Doak Walker Award for clarification as to why Freeman, who has rushed for 4,148 yards and 44 touchdowns during his career, only to find out that the the Ducks had not submitted his name.

But, all is well now. No harm done.