Ollie Gordon wins OSU’s first Doak Walker Award

Ollie Gordon wins OSU’s first Doak Walker Award

Gordon won the award, given to the nation’s top running back, after he led FBS teams in rushing yards (1,580), rushing yards per game (131.7), 100-yard rushing games (eight) and 250-yard rushing games (two).

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Dec 8, 2023, 7:28pm CST

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Dec 8, 2023, 7:28pm CST

Ollie Gordon is the first Doak Walker Award winner in Oklahoma State history, something his offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn called for back in November.

Gordon won the award, given to the nation’s top running back, after he led FBS teams in rushing yards (1,580), rushing yards per game (131.7), 100-yard rushing games (eight) and 250-yard rushing games (two). 

North Carolina’s Omarion Hampton (1,442 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns) and Missouri’s Cody Schrader (1,499 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns) were the other finalists .

Dunn marveled at a stat Gordon recorded in OSU’s final regular season game against BYU.

“What surprised me tonight is when I walked off, somebody hands me a stat sheet and it said five touchdowns,” Dunn said. “Like, really, holy smokes, if that’s not Doak worthy I don’t know what the hell is.”

After week three, the Cowboys simplified their running scheme and moved to a downhill style that favored Gordon.  He had only 19 carries in OSU’s first three games, but exploded onto the national scene with six consecutive games of more than 100 rushing yards.

Against Kansas, West Virginia and Cincinnati, Gordon compiled more than 250 scrimmage yards in three consecutive games, making him the only player in FBS over the past 10 years to do so. His games against WVU and Cincinnati marked the most rushing yards for an OSU player in a two-game span (553) since Heisman Trophy-winning Barry Sanders posted 625 yards against Iowa State and Texas Tech in 1988.

Sanders appeared in a video message on Friday night to congratulate Gordon.

“You had an awesome year and I’m really proud of the way you represented the Cowboys and congratulations on winning the Doak Walker Award,” Sanders said. “It’s well deserved.”

Now, Gordon has a trophy to put on his mantle that not even Sanders has.

“It’s a blessing just being in the same conversation as (Sanders),” Gordon said. “Barry Sanders is a great guy, great running back and for him to say that, I really appreciate it.”

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