Washington running back Greg Lewis was picked Friday as the winner of the first Doak Walker National Running Back Award.

Lewis, a second-team All-America, rushed for 1,279 yards on 229 carries and scored nine touchdowns this season before injuring his right knee in the Huskies' final regular-season game.The award is named for Walker, 63, a pro football Hall of Famer who won the 1948 Heisman Trophy while playing for Southern Methodist.

Jon Vaughn of Michigan was first runnerup and Michael Mayweather of Army was second runnerup.

Colorado's Eric Bieniemy and Texas A&M's Darren Lewis, first-team All-America running backs, were ruled ineligible for the award, which goes to a junior or senior running back who demonstrates good citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship and fair play.

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