EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan State junior running back Kenneth Walker III won the 2021 Doak Walker Award during The Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN on Thursday night.

The Doak Walker Award was established in 1990 and honors the top running back in college football.

The award is named after former Detroit Lions player Doak Walker.

Kenneth is the first Spartan to win the Doak Walker Award in the program’s history. The Spartans have only had two other finalists. Tico Duckett, in 1990, and Javon Ringer in 2008. However, they did not win the award.  

It’d be pretty hard to snub Walker of being the nation’s top running back when he led the nation in rushing nearly every week this season.

The running back’s season was filled with so many monumental plays and tonight he was asked if there was one moment during the year that represented him or the Spartans the best.

“Every game pretty much uh shows who we are you know? Everybody uh fights…Fights hard every game and I just love being on this team and being with my brothers,” said Walker.

Walker was also named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and is the first player to win it without being named a Heisman Trophy finalist.

All year on Twitter, Michigan State’s football account has been active in recognizing Walker III for all of his accomplishments and Thursday night wasn’t any different.


Now it’s on to Atlanta where No. 10 Michigan State will play No. 12 Pittsburgh in the Chick-Fli-A Peach Bowl.