Rice senior quarterback Driphus Jackson is among 39 players who have been named to the third annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List which was announced today at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kick-Off 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.
Jackson capped off his first year as the Owls starting quarterback in 2014 by capturing the Most Valuable Player Award in the 2014 Hawai'i Bowl. Jackson set a Rice bowl record by throwing for 318 yards and tying a second with three touchdown passes in the Owls' 30-3 win over Fresno State. He finished the year ranked third in the country by averaging 14.9 yards per pass attempt, throwing for 2,842 yards and 24 touchdowns. In addition to distinguishing himself on the field, he has also been nominated for the AFCA Good Works Team for his countless hours of community service.
The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 5 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.
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.
For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com