ASU’s Xazavian Valladay named to Doak Walker Award watch list

Jul 20, 2022, 10:49 AM
Running back Xazavian Valladay #6 of the Wyoming Cowboys runs for a 78-yard touchdown against the U...
Running back Xazavian Valladay #6 of the Wyoming Cowboys runs for a 78-yard touchdown against the UNLV Rebels in the first half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on November 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cowboys defeated the Rebels 45-14. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Following the departure of Rachaad White (NFL Draft) and DeaMonte Trayanum (transfer), the Arizona State backfield will call on a new name to lead the rushing corps this season.

Incoming graduate transfer Xazavian Valladay is the favorite to be just that after spending the past four seasons as a Wyoming Cowboy.

Valladay was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list Wednesday morning.

The award is named after SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker, given to the best collegiate running back.

Last season at Wyoming, Valladay rushed for 1,070 yards on 209 attempts and found the end zone six times.

In four seasons in a Cowboy uniform, Valladay rushed for 3,281 yards, including a career-high 1,265 yards in 2019.

Vallady was named to All-Mountain West Conference selection for the third straight season and ranks No. 2 all-time on the Wyoming Football rushing yards list with 3,274.

Valladay will look to become the first Sun Devil to ever win the prestigious award.

Redshirt sophomore Daniyel Ngata, redshirt freshman Deonce Elliott, freshman Tevin White and sophomore running back George Hart III will join Valladay in a crowded Sun Devils’ backfield.

Ngata rushed for 323 yards and amassed four touchdowns in limited action a season ago.

Arizona State Football

Arizona State head coach Kenny Dillingham addresses his team after a spring football practice in Te...
Jake Anderson

ASU has ‘worst practice by far’ of spring ball, OL Coleman out for 1st half of season

The Arizona State Sun Devils football team had its worst-ever practice in the Kenny Dillingham era on Tuesday.
2 days ago
Arizona State quarterback Jaden Rashada. (Instagram Photo/@jadenrashada)...
Arizona Sports

State of the Sun Devils podcast: Could QB Jaden Rashada start for ASU in 2023?

On the latest episode of State of the Sun Devils podcast, the guys broke down ASU's quarterback competition at 2023 spring ball practice.
5 days ago
Arizona State wide receiver Javen Jacobs during 2023 spring ball in Tempe, Arizona. (Sun Devil Athl...
Jake Anderson

ASU’s pass-catcher competition includes ‘deep wideout and tight end positions’

The Arizona State Sun Devils have a plethora of talent on the offensive side of the football when it comes to pass catchers.
9 days ago
Arizona State true freshman quarterback Jaden Rashada gives the "forks up" after a spring ball prac...
Jake Anderson

Arizona State’s QB battle heats up after 1st week of spring ball with Jaden Rashada

There are six on the roster, half of which are returners, while two are transfers and one is freshman five-star dual-threat QB Jaden Rashada.
12 days ago
Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds, celebrates his pass interception with linebacker Will S...
Jake Anderson

Communication is key for Arizona State’s new defense early on in spring ball

Communication is key in defense, especially in the modern era of college football where offenses are running quick-tempo, hurry-up offenses.
14 days ago
Arizona State University president Michael Crow interviews with Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona'...
Kevin Zimmerman

ASU, Arizona presidents: Not preparing to leave for Big 12

The presidents of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona went on the record reaffirming their commitment to the Pac-12.
15 days ago
ASU’s Xazavian Valladay named to Doak Walker Award watch list