Despite having better numbers than at least two of the three running backs named Doak Walker finalists, Dalvin Cook was not named a finalist for the award. Alabama's Derrick Henry, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, and LSU's Leonard Fournette were named the finalists for the award.
Cook has rushed for 1,475 yards on just 185 carries this season while catching 19 passes for 207 yards. He has 18 total touchdowns. He leads all Power-5 running backs, including the three finalists, in yards per rush (8.0), 20-yard rushes (18), and yards after contact per rush (3.65). He leads the nation in 50-yard rushes (6), and yards vs. FBS teams with winning records (196.6).
He is the only running back in the country to be in the Top-10 in yards per carry, all-purpose yards, rushing yards per game, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and scoring.
Cook has accomplished all of this despite dealing with injuries for most of the season. He missed the Syracuse game as well as almost all of the Wake Forest game after breaking a 94-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game.
With all that he has accomplished this season, Cook deserved to be a finalist for the award.