Quarterback Gilbert named EC player of week

Published on Monday, 28 October 2013 22:47 - Written by PHIL HICKS phicks@tylerpaper.com

SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert produced the seventh-most yards of total offense in NCAA history when he rallied the Mustangs to a 59-49 win over Temple Saturday at Ford Stadium in Dallas.

His performance earned him The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the ninth week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, of SPORTyler, announced on Monday.

The American Athletic Conference quarterback had a career-high and SMU-record 538 passing yards, 37 completions on 53 attempts with four touchdowns. Gilbert also ran for 97 additional yards and two touchdowns as SMU rallied for the victory over Temple.

His school-record 635 yards of total offense were the seventh most in a game in NCAA history with 500 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a game.

Gilbert’s six touchdowns were critical as SMU rallied from a 21-point deficit, the second-largest comeback in school history. Behind Gilbert, SMU rolled up 728 yards of total offense, almost 100 yards better than the previous school record (636 yards vs. TCU, Sept. 28, 1985).

Gilbert, who transferred from Texas, is a graduate of Lake Travis High School near Austin.

Week 9 Honorable Mentions:

n Keenan Holman, SMU: The sophomore wide receiver from Beaumont (Central High School) had 10 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns in the victory against Temple.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: The sophomore quarterback from Kerrville (Tivy High School) connected on 25 of 35 pass attempts for 305 yards, four TDs and an interception in the Aggies 56-24 victory against Vanderbilt at Kyle Field in College Station.

Bryce Petty, Baylor: The junior quarterback from Midlothian (Midlothian High School) threw for 430 yards, hitting on 20 of 32 pass attempts for three TDs. He also had a rushing TD in the Bears’ 59-14 victory against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Desmond Roland, Oklahoma State: The junior running back from Dallas (Lake Highlands High School) had 219 yards and four TDs on 26 carries in the Cowboys’ 58-27 victory against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.

Jordan Taylor, Rice: The junior wide receiver had four catches for 185 yards and three TDs in the Owls’ 45-7 victory against UTEP in Houston.

Fans can now vote for their favorite athlete for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award at www.earlcampbell.com . Fans can vote once each day. 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 Division I Texas college.

The semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 18 with the final four unveiled Dec. 2.

The banquet and the announcement of the winner will be Jan. 10 in Tyler.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com or ETFinalScore.com.


The previous weekly winners include:

Week 1: Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina

Week 2: Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State

Week 3: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Week 4: Kenny Guiton, QB, Ohio State

Week 5: Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina

Week 6: Jeremy Johnson, WR, SMU

Week 7: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Week 8: Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor