As a member of the panel that will select the 2015 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner, each week I’ll publish the release awarding the Player of the Week award. The release is below. Check back here each week to find out who will win the honor en route to selection of the 2015 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner later this year. The College Football America 2015 Yearbook Encyclopedia featured some of these players earlier this football season. The book is available on CFBMatrix.com for just $9.99. Get a copy today. It’s the most comprehensive College Football book of its kind.
TYLER, Texas – Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine has been named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the eighth week of the college football season.
The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns, both season-highs, in Oklahoma’s 63-27 win over Texas Tech. The 201 rushing yards stand as the third most by a Big 12 player this season and the four rushing TDs are tied for the most. This is the fourth time in Perine’s young career that he has run for at least 200 yards and scored at least four touchdowns.
“Samaje makes rushing look easy, but he’s running hard, I promise you. He does have a lot of intangibles. He has a lot of energy, he’s very passionate the way he plays – he plays hard all of the time,” said Head Coach Bob Stoops, “Samaje is an incredible person, teammate. He’s a humble guy, and it isn’t just about him.”
Perine was one of five finalists for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award last year. He is a graduate of Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas.
Week 8 Honorable Mentions:
J.T. BARRETT, QB, OHIO STATE
Wichita Falls, TX (Rider HS)
14/18 – 223 yards, 3 TD/13 carries – 101 yards, 2 TD
W, @ Rutgers 49-7
KENNETH FARROW, RB, HOUSTON
Hurst, TX (L.D. Bell HS)
13 carries – 167 yards, 3 TD
W, 59-10 @ UCF
KEYARRIS GARRETT, WR, TULSA
Daingerfield, TX (Daingerfield HS)
14 catches – 268 yards, 3 TD
L, 66-42 vs. South Alabama
ROBERT LOWE, RB, TEXAS STATE
Waxahachie, TX (Waxahachie HS)
30 carries – 248 yards, 3 TD
W, 36-18 vs. South Alabama
KARSON ROBERTS, SR., QB, AIR FORCE
Houston, TX (Clear Lake HS)
18 carries – 92 yards, 4 TDs/1 catch – 20 yards, 1 TD
W, 42-14 vs. Fresno State
TYRONE SWOOPES, QB, TEXAS
Whitewright, TX (Whitewright HS)
7 carries – 50 yards, 3 TD
W, 23-9 vs. Kansas State
J.W. WALSH, QB, OKLAHOMA STATE
Denton, TX (Guyer HS)
5/5 – 68 yards, 2 TD/6 carries – 24 yards, 3 TD
W, 58-10 vs. Kansas
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.