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Press Release: Skyler Howard Named to Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award 2015 Watch List

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Iowa StateMORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 19, 2015) – West Virginia University junior quarterback Skyler Howard has been named to the third annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, today, as announced by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas at its kickoff luncheon.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award 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 no more than 16 semifinalists in November and then down to five finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans, and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 13, 2016.

Howard played in four games last year, including starting the final two, as a sophomore in 2014. He took over the signal caller duties in the second half of the Kansas State game when subbing in for an injured Clint Trickett and completed the season as the starter. He completed 56-of-110 passes for 829 yards and eight touchdowns without an interception. His top performance was against 346 yards and three touchdowns against Texas A&M in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

This year’s Watch List (complete list at the bottom) includes:

*  39 players from 10 different conferences including 1 independent ( ACC, AAC, Big Ten, Big 12, C-USA, MWC, Pac 12, SEC, Sunbelt)

*  Players representing Universities from 18 different states and 31 schools

*  Wide receivers lead the nominations with 11, followed by quarterbacks (10), running backs (9), offensive linemen (5), tailbacks (2), tight ends (1),  halfback (1)

*  TCU Quarterback Trevone Boykin, last year’s award recipient, is again on the Watch List; along with last year finalists Ohio State Quarterback J.T. Barrett, and Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award was announced in 2012 by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler. “We are fortunate to have a celebrity who exhibits the impeccable virtues that define this award. 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,” said Cindy Smoak, Vice President, SPORTyler.

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. I kept God in my life and surrounded myself with good people. I am humbled by this award named in my honor,” said Campbell.

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Nominations for 2015 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

Athlete                                             School                                              Position                            Year

Cayleb Jones                                    Arizona                                              WR                                       Jr.

William McGehee                            Arizona State                                      OL                                        RS-Sr.

Ellis Jefferson                                  Arizona State                                      WR                                       RS-So.

Seth Russell                                      Baylor                                                QB                                        Jr.

Corey Coleman                                Baylor                                                WR                                        Jr.

Shane Williams-Rhodes                   Boise State                                          WR                                       Sr.

Tejan Koroma                                  BYU                                                    OL                                       So.

Jeromy Irwin                                   Colorado                                             OT                                        Jr.

Rashard Higgins                              Colorado State                                    WR                                       Jr.

Isaiah Jones                                     East Carolina                                      WR                                       Jr.

Kenneth Farrow                               Houston                                              RB                                        Sr.

Greg Ward                                       Houston                                              QB                                       Jr.

Daxx Garman                                  Maryland                                             QB                                       Sr.

Rodrick Williams Jr.                        Minnesota                                            RB                                       Sr.

Fred Ross                                         Mississippi State                                 WR                                       Jr.

Russell Hansbrough                         Missouri                                             Tailback                                Sr. 

Tommy Armstrong Jr.                      Nebraska                                            QB                                       Jr.

Larry Rose III                                   New Mexico State                              RB                                        So.

Dontre Wilson                                  Ohio State                                          HB                                        Jr.

J.T. Barrett                                        Ohio State                                         QB                                        So.

Samaje Perine                                   Oklahoma                                          RB                                       So.

Storm Barr-Woods                            Oregon State                                      RB                                       Sr.

Cameron Cermin                               Purdue                                               OL                                       Sr.

Driphus Jackson                                Rice                                                   QB                                       Sr.

Aaron Green                                      TCU                                                   TB                                       Sr.

Trevone Boykin                                 TCU                                                   QB                                       Sr.

Josh Doctson                                      TCU                                                  WR                                       Sr.

Josh Reynolds                                    Texas A&M                                       WR                                      Jr.

Johnathan Gray                                  Texas                                                 RB                                       Sr.

DeAndre Washington                         Texas Tech                                        RB                                       Sr.

Keevan Lucas                                     Tulsa                                                 WR                                      Jr.

Keyarris Garrett                                  Tulsa                                                 WR                                      Sr.

Dane Evans                                         Tulsa                                                 QB                                      Jr.

Jake Brendel                                       UCLA                                               Center                                  Sr.

Chuckie Keeton                                  Utah State                                          QB                                      Sr.

Aaron Jones                                        UTEP                                                 RB                                      Jr.

David Morgan, II                                UTSA                                                 TE                                      Sr.

Dezmond Wortham                            Wake Forest                                        RB                                     So.

Skyler Howard                                   West Virginia                                     QB                                      Jr.

Press Release courtesy WVU Athletic Communication

Featured Photo courtesy USA Today Sports

Jeremy Simon
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