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Nate Noel (L) and Camerun Peoples (R)
Nate Noel (L) and Camerun Peoples (R).
photos courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App Running Back Tandem Noel, Peoples Named To Doak Walker Award Watch List

App State running backs Nate Noel and Camerun Peoples have been named to the watch list for the 2022 Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s best college running back.

Last season, Noel led the Sun Belt Conference with 1,126 rushing yards and 31 rushes of 10-plus yards while starting in 10 of his 14 game appearances. He’s totaled 1,636 rushing yards and a per-carry average of 5.8 yards in his first two seasons.

Peoples rushed for 926 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns while playing in 12 of 14 games and making four starts in 2021. In 27 career games (with nine starts), he has totaled 2,237 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns and a per-carry average of 6.3 yards.

The Doak Walker Award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back. 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.

Moving forward from a 10-win season in which the Mountaineers captured a Sun Belt East division title, App State begins fall practice Aug. 5 and will open the season at home against North Carolina on Sept. 3.