Despite being sidelined for the second half of the 2011 season, after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the loss to Texas A&M, Eric Stephens has ran his way onto an award watch list.
The Texas Tech running back has been named as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award.
With Stephens making the watch list, Tech now has four student-athletes up for six national awards, which marks the most preseason nods since before the 2008 campaign.
The Red Raiders have had two former players win the Doak Walker Award, Byron Hanspard, 1996, and Byron "Bam" Morris, 1993. Morris also was just chosen to be inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor Class of 2012.
Stephens in his limited playing time in 2011, rushed for 468 yards on 87 attempts in just four games, that marked the most yards and attempts through four games since Ricky Williams in 1998.
The Mansfield native has made his mark at Tech, owning the record for kickoff returns and kickoff return yards among many other records he has shattered.
Stephens is not alone on this list as a representative from the Big 12 Conference; he is one of seven running backs from the conference to make the list.
The semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be announced on November 9, while the finalists will be announced on November 19.
The winner will be revealed on December 6 at The Home Depot College Awards Show, which will be aired on ESPN.