Awarded to the Best Offensive Player in the nation with a tie to Texas
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Div I 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 on 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 winner is selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, and former winners.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
KYLER MURRAY, QUARTERBACK, OKLAHOMA
On Wednesday, Kyler Murray was named the Campbell Tyler Rose Texas Player of the Year. The Campbell is awarded to players with a tie to the state of Texas, and since Murray is from there (and is a Texas high school legend), there really wasn’t a more deserving choice this season.
On Monday, in a decision that had been anticipated for awhile, the Oklahoma quarterback declared for the NFL Draft -the final day for him to make such a decision.
Murray was the No. 9 overall pick by the A’s in last summer’s Major League Baseball Draft, signing with the agreement he could play college football for one more season. He agreed to a signing bonus worth more than $4.6 million.
But as Murray excelled this season, his football draft stock rose more and more to where he’s mentioned as a potential first-round pick.
Check out:: The Sporting News: Kyler Murray decision: Debating the pros and cons of the NFL vs. MLB by Bill Bender and Ryan Fagan.
The 2018 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose finalists included:
- Texas A&M – RB Trayveon Williams, junior
- Oklahoma State – WR Tylan Wallace, sophomore
- Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray, junior
- Mississippi – OT Greg Little, junior
- Houston – QB D’Eriq King, junior