Five Finalists announced for Earl Campbell Award

Published on Monday, 9 December 2013 17:14 - Written by PHIL HICKS

The five finalists for the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award include three quarterbacks, a tight end and a wide receiver, Cindy Smoak, vice president of SPORTyler announced on Monday.

The finalists include:

Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, tight end, junior — San Antonio (MacArthur High School)

Mike Evans, Texas A&M, wide receiver, sophomore — Galveston (Ball HS)

James Franklin, Missouri, quarterback, senior — Corinth (Lake Dallas HS)

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, quarterback, sophomore — Kerrville (Tivy HS)

Bryce Petty, Baylor, quarterback, junior — Midlothian (Midlothian HS)

Mrs. Smoak added the winner will be announced at the award banquet in Tyler on Jan. 10.

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, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner from Tyler and the University of Texas: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.

The finalists were selected selected from an initial watch list of 35 announced in August. The list was whittled to 16 on Dec. 2.

Mrs. Smoak also thanked the award sponsors: American State Bank, Citizen's 1st Bank, Kitchens Unique, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Harold Beaird, R.W. Fair Foundation, Clements Fluids Management, Patterson Commercial Property Group, Chesley and Ted W. Walters, Texas Spine and Joint, Austin Bank, Billy Hibbs, Prothro Wilhelmi & Company, Dr. Paul and Kay Latta.

Fans may continue to vote for their favorite athlete for the honor at either . Fans may cast one vote per day.

Along with the traits of Campbell, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, the nominees 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.