POSTED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 9:56pm
UPDATED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 3:35pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose award represents the best offensive college football player that either played high school or junior college football in Texas or was born in the state, and Bryce Petty is its inaugural recipient.
The winner was announced at a banquet Friday night at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler and Earl Campbell himself was on-hand to give out the prestigious honor.
Other finalists for the award were:
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
- James Franklin, Missouri
The award recognizes the player who meets the awards criteria and encourages student-athletes to succeed on and off the field while having the drive and the tenacity to persist and overcome adversity and injury in the pursuit of reaching their goals.
Petty, a fourth-year junior, led the Baylor Bears to their first ever BCS bowl game in 2013 and a secured a win over the Texas Longhorns to claim the BIG XII title. For the season, Petty completed 350 - 403 passes totaling 4,200 yards with a completion rate of 62 percent. He accounted for 32 touchdowns in the Bears' historic season. And the best part for the Bears, Petty will be back on the field for BU next year. With the return of Petty, a coach like Art Briles and a brand new stadium on the Brazos River, a second BIG XII banner may be in the works for Baylor, and perhaps, another Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE EARL CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD:
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is presented by SPORTyler, Inc., in conjunction with the City of Tyler, the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. Located in downtown Tyler, Texas, the non-profit helps to encourage student-athletes to succeed on and off the field. Before the start of each season a defined timeline of key announcement dates will be established. The preseason award Watch List will be selected from nominations submitted by the sports information directors of each Division I school. The Watch List will be announced at the annual SPORTyler Football Kickoff Luncheon held each year in late August in Tyler. Each week during the regular season, an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week will be selected leading up to the finalists announcement in December.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Selection Committee will be comprised of Texas-based journalists and college football dignitaries and, in subsequent years, each of the all-time winners. This year, the selection committee will narrow the field to up to 16 semifinalists on November 18, and up to four finalists December 2. The recipient of the award will be announced in January 2014. The winner will receive a unique trophy sculpted by noted artist Ken Bjorge.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is presented by SPORTyler, Inc., in conjunction with the City of Tyler, the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. Located in downtown Tyler, Texas, the non-profit helps to encourage student-athletes to succeed on and off the field.
For more information about the award or the watch list contact Cindy Smoak at firstname.lastname@example.org  or 903-592-1661.