Kendall Hunter was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award on Thursday. The Oklahoma State running back is one of ten semifinalists for the award which is given to the nation's top running back. Finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 22.
Hunter is a Doak Walker semifinalist for the second time in his career. He earned the honor during his stellar sophomore season in 2008.
The Cowboys senior has 203 carries for 1,240 yards (6.11 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns this season. He ranks No. 3 nationally in rushing yards per game at 137.78.
Hunter ranks among the nation's leaders in rushing touchdowns, scoring and all-purpose yards.
Bill Young's defensive unit has been solid on the road for OSU this season. The Cowboys held Kansas State and Texas Tech to more than 10 points less than their scoring average.
The Pokes rank No. 13 nationally in points allowed on the road, according to cfbstats.com.
â€œWe find security in numbers,â€ safety Markelle Martin said of the defense's road prowess. â€œWe feel like when it's just us and we are believing in the same goal, we feel good about that. There are no outside distractions, it's just us against the world and we do a good job of focusing on playing the game.â€
KSU averages 32.2 points per game but scored 14 points against the Pokes, while Texas Tech averages 31.1 points per game but managed just 17 in its loss to the Cowboys.
SHORT FILM ROOM SESSION
Teammates have been buzzing about Justin Gilbert's speed since the true freshman stepped on campus in the summer. Cowboy fans finally got to see what the buzz has been about on Gilbert's 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Baylor.
â€œWe're used to having speed around here but to see him open it up and turn it on, it was amazing,â€ Martin said.
It wasn't just his speed that was special on that play. Gilbert's vision and ability to cut was the reason he got into the open field and showed his elite speed.
â€œIt was surprising to see,â€ Martin said. â€œHe was running right and somehow he saw the lane to the left, and it was only open for a little bit, but he just hit it and he was gone.â€
It made for a fun, but short, film room review.
â€œWe enjoyed watching it in film but it didn't last long,â€ Martin said with a grin.
SCOUTING REPORT: ACHO EXCITED FOR THE CHALLENGE
Texas defensive end Sam Acho is ready for the challenge OSU's offense will present on Saturday.
â€œThey're a great offense,â€ Acho said. â€œTheir receiver, Justin Blackmon, is basically like Dez Bryant. Their running back, Kendall Hunter, is one of the best in the nation. And their quarterback is another great player. They have a great scheme and a great offensive line, so I'm excited to have the opportunity to play an offense like this.â€
The Longhorn defense has struggled at home allowing 30.6 points per game in its last three home games, all losses.