BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As we head into week eight of the college football season, award watch lists are starting to be announced. An LSU running back was listed as a semifinalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Josh Williams, a Houston native, is one of 20 semifinalists that is up for the award. According to LSU Athletics, the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award is the first college football honor that centers on a player’s leadership on and off the field.

“It’s an honor to announce the semifinalists for the Collegiate Man of the Year,” said former NFL tight end, Jason Witten. “This fantastic group of 20 young men are great student-athletes and perfect examples of what makes college football so great. They have demonstrated exceptional character and leadership, often while facing large challenges. They are great representatives for their schools and the game of football, and I commend all nominees for getting to this point.”

Williams is coming off a breakout year in 2022 as he was the leading rusher for the Tigers. He had 532 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Through seven games this season, Williams has compiled 161 rushing yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns, according to LSU Athletics.

The three finalists will be announced on Dec. 15 and the winner will be announced on Feb. 15.

Williams and the Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21 when they face off against the Army Black Knights at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.