Tulsa junior receiver Keyarris Garrett has been named to the preseason watch list for the first annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, as announced today at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kickoff Luncheon.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.
The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 4 finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and (in the future) former winners. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 10, 2014.
"We are fortunate to have a celebrity who exhibits the impeccable virtues that define this award," said Cindy Smoak, Vice President of SPORTyler. "In addition to being a well-known sports figure, Earl also earned a college degree, married his high school sweetheart, raised two successful sons and still supports the community where he grew up."
Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before joining the Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1744 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, going on to win the Longhorns' first Heisman Trophy. He was subsequently drafted by the Houston Oilers where he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and went on to lead the NFL in rushing 3 times. Campbell earned NFL MVP in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. He now resides in Austin.
"All my life, all I wanted to do was be an athlete," said Campbell. "I kept God in my life and surrounded myself with good people. I am humbled by this award named in my honor."
Full Watch List
Ross Apo, Brigham Young University, Wide Receiver/Junior
David Ash, University of Texas, Quarterback/Junior
Kolton Browning, University of LA/Monroe, Quarterback/Senior
Damon Bullock, University of Iowa, Running Back/Junior
Shane Carden, East Carolina, Quarterback/Junior
Kasey Carrier, New Mexico, Running Back/Senior
Tim Cornett, UNLV, Running Back/Senior
Cody Davis, Purdue, Offensive Guard/Senior
Adam Dingwell, San Diego State, Quarterback/Junior
Cameron Fleming, Stanford, Offensive Tackle/Senior
James Franklin, Missouri, Quarterback/Senior
Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa, Wide Receiver/Junior
Ryan Grant, Tulane University, Wide Receiver/Senior
Deontay Greenberry, University of Houston, Wide Receiver/Sophomore
Marion Grice, Arizona State University, Running Back/Senior
John Hubert, Kansas State, Running Back/Senior
Nathan Jeffrey, UTEP, Running Back/Junior
Jeremy Johnson, Southern Methodist University, Wide Receiver/Senior
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, Quarterback/Junior
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, Quarterback/Sophomore
Venric Mark, Northwestern University, Running Back/Senior
Ty Montgomery, Stanford, Wide Receiver/Junior
Casey Pachall, TCU, Quarterback/Senior
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, Running Back/Junior
Charles Sims, West Virginia University, Running Back/Graduate
James Sims, University of Kansas, Halfback/Senior
Eric Soza, UTSA, Quarterback/Graduate
Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State, Receiver/Junior
Travis Swanson, University of Arkansas, Center/Senior
Zachary Swanson, Virginia, Tight End/Junior
Eric Ward, Texas Tech, Wide Receiver/Senior
James White, Iowa State, Running Back/Senior
Rodrick Williams, Jr., Minnesota, Running Back/Sophomore
Connor Wood, Colorado, Quarterback/Junior
Storm Woods, Oregon State, Running Back/Sophomore