By Matthew Postins
The watch list for the 2013 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award was released earlier this week. This is the first time Campbell’s name will be attached to a college football or pro football award.
The watch list includes defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Texas quarterback David Ash and Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton. Thirty-five players in all are on the watch list.
The award will recognize the top offensive player in Division 1 football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity. Nominees for the award must also be born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.
Sixteen semifinalists will be selected in November, and up to four finalists will be selected in December. The finalists will appear at a banquet in Tyler on Jan. 10, 2014.
A committee of broadcasters, commentators, journalists and fans will select this year’s winner, including RattleandHumSports.com contributors Chuck Cox and Matthew Postins. In subsequent years previous award winners will also vote.
Campbell, a native of Tyler, Texas, is nicknamed “The Tyler Rose.” He won the Heisman Trophy at Texas, went on to play in the NFL for the Houston Oilers and is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award 2013 Watch List
Ross Apo, WR, Jr., BYU
David Ash, QB, Jr., Texas
Kolton Browning, QB, Sr., Louisiana-Monroe
Damon Bullock, RB, Jr., Iowa
Shane Carden, QB, Jr., East Carolina
Kasey Carrier, RB, Sr., New Mexico
Tim Cornett, RB, Sr., UNLV
Cody Davis, OG, Sr., Purdue
Adam Dingwell, QB, Jr., San Diego State
Cameron Fleming, OT, Sr., Stanford
James Franklin, QB, Sr., Missouri
Keyarris Garrett, WR, Jr., Tulsa
Ryan Grant, WR, Sr., Tulane
Deontay Greenberry, WR, So., Houston
Marion Grice, RB, Sr., Arizona State
John Hubert, RB, Sr., Kansas State
Nathan Jeffrey, RB, Jr., UTEP
Jeremy Johnson, WR, Sr., SMU
Chuckie Keeton, QB, Sr., Utah State
Johnny Manziel, QB, So., Texas A&M
Venric Mark, RB, Sr., Northwestern
Ty Montgomery, WR, Jr., Stanford
Casey Pachall, QB, Sr., TCU
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Jr., Baylor
Charles Sims, RB, Grad., West Virginia
James Sims, RB, Sr., Kansas
Eric Soza, QB, Grad., UTSA
Josh Stewart, WR, Jr., Oklahoma State
Travis Swanson, C, Sr., Arkansas
Zachary Swanson, TE, Jr., Virginia
Eric Ward, WR, SR., Texas Tech
James White, RB, Sr., Iowa State
Rodrick Williams Jr., RB, So., Iowa State
Connor Wood, QB, Jr., Colorado
Storm Woods, RB, So., Oregon State