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TYLER, Texas – Baylor quarterback Seth Russell has been named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the fifth week of the college football season.
The Big 12 quarterback threw 15-23 passes for 286 yards and 4 touchdowns. Russell also carried the ball 12 times for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns. The fourth-ranked Bears turned what was supposed to be an air-raid shootout into more of a ground-it-out attack and rolled to a 63-35 win over the Texas Tech Raiders Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 56,179 at AT&T Stadium.
Russell on the team’s performance, “It’s kind of funny. You think Baylor, you think throwing the ball, but when you look at the stats it’s pretty even running and throwing. Being able to run the ball strong, it definitely opens up the passing game, because they have to load the box and it basically leaves them one-on-one with I feel the best receivers in the nation. It puts a lot of stress on the defense.”
Russell is a graduate of Garland High School in Garland, Texas.
Week 5 Honorable Mentions:
TREVONE BOYKIN, QB, TCU
Dallas, TX (West Mesquite HS)
20/35 – 332 yards, 5 TD/7 carries – 52 yards
W, 50-7 vs. Texas
SHOCK LINWOOD, RB, BAYLOR
Linden, TX (Linden-Kildare HS)
20 carries – 221 yards, 2 TD
W, 63-35 vs. Texas Tech
KAVONTAE TURPIN, WR, TCU
Monroe, LA (Neville HS)
6 catches – 138 yards, 4 TD/14 rushing yards
W, 50-7 vs. Texas
GREG WARD JR., QB, HOUSTON
Tyler, TX (John Tyler HS)
22/38 – 273 yards/20 carries – 182 yards, 3 TD
W, 38-24 @ Tulsa
THE EARL CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD
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 D1 Texas college.