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ASU Football: Eno Benjamin named to Doak Walker Award preseason watch list

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Benjamin should lead a youth-infused backfield in Tempe.

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After rushing for 142 yards and one touchdown on 23 attempts in his freshman season, ASU running back Eno Benjamin was named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list Wednesday.

Of course watch lists are dumb. But, regardless, Benjamin is likely going to be the feature back in an offense that seems like it’ll put the ball on the ground a lot more.

With the departures of Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard, both of whom were on the 2017 Doak Walker Award preseason watch list, Benjamin has the most playing experience among the running backs who will see time at the position.

The running backs room, which at times during fall camp only had three or four people in it including sophomore Trelon Smith, will have a few more seats filled in just a few weeks with the addition of four new running backs.

Former Allen High School tailback Brock Sturges headlines a group that includes freshmen A.J. Carter and Demetrious Flowers as well as JUCO transfer Isaiah Floyd.

During spring ball, Benjamin didn’t declare the backfield his. Instead he painted the running back position as a group effort.

“This is our backfield,” he said during the spring. “Those guys are my brothers. I came in here with Trelon and so we’ve been working together and our main purpose is to just make this backfield look better as a whole together.”