Javorius Allen Named Semifinalist For Doak Walker Award

    Javorius Allen
    Nov. 19, 2014

    USC junior tailback Javorius "Buck" Allen has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's top tailback.

    Three finalists will be named on Nov. 25 and the winner will be named on Dec. 11.

    Allen has run for 1,184 yards on 217 carries (5.5 average) with 8 touchdowns in 2014, plus he has 32 receptions for 383 yards (12.0 average) with a TD.

    Also a semifinalist for the 2014 Maxwell Award, Allen currently is ninth nationally in all-purpose running (156.7) and 14th in rushing yards (118.4), topping the Pac-12 in both categories. He is looking to be the first Trojan since Ricky Ervins in 1989 to lead the Pac-12 in rushing in a season.

    His 1,184 rushing yards in 2014 is the 28th time a Trojan has eclipsed the 1,000 barrier and it ranks him 17th on the USC season list. He had a streak of 6 consecutive 100-yard rushing games in 2014 (the first Trojan to do so since Marcus Allen had 11 in a row in his 1981 Heisman Trophy season). He also is the first Trojan since Reggie Bush (8) in 2005 to have at least 8 100-yard rushing games in a season (Bush's statistics were later vacated due to NCAA penalty). His 8 100-yard rushing games in 2014 is within range of the USC season record of 11 by Marcus Allen in 1981.

    Allen is 1 of only 2 players in the nation with at least 1,100 rushing yards and 350 receiving yards in 2014. He also is the only player in the nation with 10 games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) in 2014.

    He has 2,001 career rushing yards to rank 18th on USC's all-time chart. He has 12 career 100-yard rushing games (8 in 2014, including a 200-yarder), all within the past 16 games. He has 22 career rushing TDs (8 in 2014), all within the past 19 games.

    The only Trojan to win the Doak Walker Award was Reggie Bush in 2005.