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James Conner on preseason watch list for Doak Walker Award

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Pitt running back has already gotten his share of preseason recognition for various 2014 college football awards. First, Conner was named to the Maxwell watch list. Next up was some recognition for the Hornung Award. Conner got one more in before the end of the week as he was named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list on Thursday.

The award is given to the top running back in college football.

Conner continues to rack up the preseason mentions and was also in the news with word of Ejuan Price being out since it could mean he sees more time on defense than was initially expected.

Realistically, Conner doesn't have much of a shot to win this. It's extremely difficult to see him breaking through to put up the 1,600+ yards he'd likely need to win it. Conner has shown the talent to be a big time back, but in a backfield that is expected to be fairly deep with senior Isaac Bennett and true freshmen Chris James and Qadree Ollison, it's just difficult to see him getting the type of carries necessary to win the award.

And that pesky playing on defense thing could mean that his workload is controlled a bit, too.

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