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Kenjon Barner named Doak Walker Award finalist

The Oregon Ducks running back is one of three finalists for the award given to the top running back in the nation.

Justin Edmonds

Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner was named as one of three finalists for the 2012 Doak Walker Award, it was revealed on Monday.

The senior joins Wisconsin Badgers senior Montee Ball and UCLA Bruins senior Johnathan Franklin as the three finalists for the award, given out annually to the top running back in college football.

Barner has rushed 220 times for 1,426 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year. He has also added 19 receptions for 232 yards and another touchdown. His 1,426 yards are good for sixth nationally and his 20 total touchdowns are good for fourth in the nation.

He is one of the Duck's most prolific running backs and established Oregon's single-game rushing record with 321 yards and five touchdowns against the USC Trojans on Nov. 3. If he wins, he will be the second Duck in three years to win the award — LaMichael James was the 2010 recipient.

The winner of the Doak Walker Award will be revealed on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony.