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OSU football: Wisconsin's Taylor tops Chuba Hubbard for Doak Walker Award

As the winner of the Doak Walker Award was announced Thursday night, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard smiled and clapped.

But nation’s leading rusher stayed in his seat as the ESPN camera cut to Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, the winner of the trophy given to college football’s best running back.

Hubbard had the overall statistics, the individual performances and the highlight reel to stack up with anyone in college football, but for the second time in four days, he was told it wasn’t enough.

On Monday, he was left out when the Heisman Trophy finalists were named.

Taylor, who won the Doak Walker Award last year as well, finished second to Hubbard in multiple categories, but most notably, in rushing yards and all-purpose yards.

The Doak Walker finalists finished as the top three rushers in the country. Hubbard had 1,936 rushing yards, with Taylor at 1,909 and Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins at 1,829.

Only one player had more rushing touchdowns than the 21 of Hubbard and Taylor. Dobbins had 20.

Hubbard had 2,161 all-purpose yards in 12 games. Taylor and Dobbins each played a 13th game when their teams met in the Big Ten title game.

The trio of finalists are the only players in the country to have surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards.

Hubbard was also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, which went to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow on Thursday.

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OSU's Chuba Hubbard poses for a photo during the Oklahoma State Cowboys football media days at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

OSU's Chuba Hubbard poses for a photo during the Oklahoma State Cowboys football media days at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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