BOISE -- Boise State junior running back Jeremy McNichols has been named a candidate for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Thursday.

McNichols rushed for 1,337 yards in his first season as a starter last fall. His 26 total touchdowns tied for second most in the FBS last season and are the most of any returning players in 2016.

As a sophomore in 2015, McNichols averaged 111.4 rushing yards per game, the fourth most in the Mountain West. That total ranks 12th in the country amongst any returning running backs in 2016.

The Doak Walker Award is named after running back Doak Walker, a three-time All-American at SMU. It is presented annually to the best running back in college football and is the only major award that also requires all candidates to be in good academic standing.

The winner of this year's award will be revealed live on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 8.

McNichols was also named to the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List earlier this summer.