DALLAS, Texas – Junior running back Daniel Lasco was named Thursday as a preseason candidate for the 2014 Doak Walker Award. Lasco is one of 53 players nationally on the list for the award that is presented annually to the nation’s top running back.
Lasco is expected to begin training camp sharing the team’s top spot at running back with Khalfani Muhammad after impressive and mostly 2014 spring practice sessions and promising campaigns each of the last two seasons. Lasco has played in more games (20) than any other running back on the Cal roster and his career rushing totals of 426 yards, three touchdowns on the ground, 73 carries and an average of 5.8 yards per rush are all second among active players behind Muhammad. Lasco rushed 67 times for 317 yards and two touchdowns to rank tied for second on the team in rushing touchdowns last year, while he was also third in both rushes and rushing yards.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the Doak Walker Award semifinalists November 18 and the award’s national selection committee will cast votes to determine the finalists to be announced November 24. The committee will cast a second vote beginning December 1 to determine the recipient. The national selection committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The recipient of the 2014 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards televised by ESPN on Dec. 11 (7-9 p.m.). The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas, in Feb. of 2015.
Lasco and the Golden Bears open the 2014 season at Northwestern on Aug. 30 (2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT, ABC/ESPN2) before hosting the first of six home games at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium against Sacramento State on Sept. 6 (Noon PT, Pac-12 Networks).
The Bears will also play Pac-12 opponents Colorado (Sept. 27), Washington (Oct. 11), UCLA (Oct. 18) and Stanford (Nov. 22) in Berkeley before concluding the 2014 regular season by hosting a non-conference game against BYU on Nov. 29.
In addition, Cal will play a home contest against Oregon in the first-ever collegiate football game at Levi’s® Stadium on Friday, Oct. 24. The game will be televised by FOX Sports 1 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. PT.
Cal has Pac-12 road contests at Arizona (Sept. 20), Washington State (Oct. 4), Oregon State (Nov. 1) and USC (Nov. 13), with the final road game of the regular season against the Trojans an ESPN Thursday night contest (6 p.m.).
Cal football tickets are available at CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).