The excitement has returned to the University of North Texas football program.
The Mean Green have a new stadium and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2004.
A player who has been prominent in UNT’s rise is Brandin Byrd from Copperas Cove. He was a star on Saturday in the Mean Green’s big win over Texas-El Paso.
For his efforts Byrd has been selected as The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the 11th week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, vice president of SPORTyler, announced Monday.
The Conference USA running back turned in a career best performance with 18 carries for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the Mean Green’s win over UTEP 41-7 in Denton.
“You love to see the consistency from Brandin Byrd; he is one of the most unselfish guys we have,” UNT coach Dan McCarney said. “He’s one of the toughest players, one of the most respected players we have in this program.”
The win keeps North Texas atop the Conference USA West Division standings with an overall record of 7-3 and a conference record of 5-1, half a game up on Rice.
Ironically, Byrd is the first running back selected for the weekly honor, which is named after Campbell, the Heisman Trophy-winning running back at Texas.
Week 11 Honorable Mentions:
n Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska: The freshman quarterback from Cibolo (Steele High School) hit on 11 of 19 passing attempts for 139 yards and a touchdown in the Cornhuskers’ 17-13 win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
n Shane Carden, East Carolina: The junior quarterback from Houston (Episcopal HS) connected on 34 of 50 pass attempts for 384 yards and five touchdowns. Carden, who has won the weekly honor twice, rushed for 25 yards and scored two TDs on the ground as the Pirates defeated Tulsa 58-24 in Greenville, N.C.
n Henry Josey, Missouri: The junior running back from Angleton (Angleton HS) rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He also had two receptions for 22 yards and a TD in the Tigers’ 48-17 win over Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.
n Shock Lindwood, Baylor: The redshirt freshman running back from Linden (Linden-Kildare HS) came off the bench to rush for 182 yards on 23 carries to help the Bears to a 41-12 thrashing of Oklahoma in Waco.
n Case McCoy, Texas: The senior quarterback from Graham (Graham HS) completed 27 of 49 pass attempts for 283 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Longhorns’ 47-40 overtime win over West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va.
n Bryce Petty, Baylor: The junior quarterback from Midlothian (Midlothian HS) hit on 13 of 26 pass attempts for 204 yards and three touchdowns. He added 45 yards rushing and two TDs on 16 carries as the Bears defeated Oklahoma 41-12 in Waco.
n Charles Sims, West Virginia: The senior running back from Houston (Westbury HS) rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. He added five catches for 42 yards in the Mountaineers’ 47-40 overtime loss to Texas.
Fans can now vote for their favorite athlete for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award at www.earlcamp
bell.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 visit www.earlcampbellaward.com or ET
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
Week 9: Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU
Week 10: Kolton Browning, RB, Louisiana-Monroe