Rice senior wide receiver Jordan Taylor is one of 43 players who have been named to the watch list for the second annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which was announced today at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kickoff Luncheon.
This is the third major award watch list for the senior from Denison, Texas. He was previously selected by the Biletnikoff Award and the College Football Performance Award for consideration for their honors.
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.
A consensus preseason All-CUSA pick, Taylor earned second-team All C-USA honors from league coaches in 2013 and heads into his senior year having caught at least on pass in 22 consecutive games. He reached career highs in receiving yardage (848) and touchdown receptions (8), including six over the final six games as the Owls marched to their first outright conference title since 1957. In the C-USA Championship, he set a title game record by stunning Marshall with a career-long, 75-yard touchdown catch to give Rice a 14-0 lead after the Owls first two possessions. He finished the day with six receptions for 131 yards, his fourth career 100-yard receiving day. His 185 yards on four catches vs. UTEP were the most by a Rice Owl in the history of Rice Stadium and the third highest total in school history. He enters his final season ranked sixth in career receptions (120) and receiving yards (1,741).
The initial Watch List will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 4 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 14, 2015.
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 University of Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1,744 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