AF running back Getz added to Doak Walker Award watch list

Falcons running back Cody Getz, right, follows his blockers during the Navy-Air Force football game at Falcon Stadium Oct. 6, 2012. Getz had 27 rushes for 206 yards, making him the first player in Air Force history and the second player in Mountain West Conference history with three 200-yard games in one season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Raymond McCoy)

Falcons running back Cody Getz, right, follows his blockers during the Navy-Air Force football game at Falcon Stadium Oct. 6, 2012. Getz, a native of Buford, Ga., leads the nation in average rushing yards per game with 177.4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Raymond McCoy)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force senior Cody Getz has been added to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.

Getz leads the nation in rushing with a 177.4 per-game average and is the first Falcon in school history to record three 200-plus yard rushing games in one season.

Getz has surpassed the 100-yard mark in all five games this season.

Semifinalists will be named Nov. 9, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 19. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on Nov. 26 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 2012 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Dec. 6. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in February 2013.

The award, in its 23rd year, is named for Southern Methodist University's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.