TYLER, Texas - Sophomore running back Darik Dillard was one of seven players honored as part of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for his dominant performance in Rice's win over Hawai'i on Saturday.
The San Antonio native carried the ball 23 times for a career-best 141 yards and scored both the tying and go-ahead touchdowns in the second half of the 28-14 win. He also caught one pass for another yard.
In five games this season, Dillard has rushed for a team-high five touchdowns and averages 5.1 yards per carry with 334 yards on 65 attempts.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett won the national award. Dillard was joined as an honorable mention by Trevone Boykin (TCU), Shane Carden (East Carolina), Terrence Franks (Texas State), Rashard Higgins (Colorado State) and Shock Linwood (Baylor).
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I 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 D-I Texas college.
Dillard and the Owls close out the non-conference portion of the regular season on Saturday at Army.