TYLER, Texas – Two Stanford football players – Cameron Fleming and Ty Montgomery – were named to the watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award as announced today at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kickoff Luncheon. Stanford is the lone school with multiple players on the watch list.
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 college.
Fleming hails from Houston, Texas and attended Cypress Creek high school while Montgomery is from Dallas, Texas, having attended St. Mark’s.
The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to four finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and (in the future) former winners. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 10, 2014.
“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.
Fleming, also on the Outland Trophy watch list, enters his third season as a starter at right tackle having started all 14 games last year and 11 as a sophomore. A two-time All-Pac-12 selection, Fleming’s name has been on the national scene since 2011 when he was named to the Yahoo! Freshman All-America team. He joins Danser and Yankey as preseason honorees for 2013 Pac-12 honors in various publications.
Montgomery is a heady addition to the watch list with the committee being acutely aware of his ability as a playmaker despite the Dallas native being limited by injury last year. Montgomery caught 26 passes for 213 yards but enters the season as Stanford’s marked man on the outside. A deep threat each time he touches the ball, Montgomery will also be called on for special teams duty. He averaged 26.6 yards per kick return last year and six of his 11 returns last year went for more than 30 yards.
Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before joining the Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1744 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.
“All my life, all I wanted to do was be an athlete. I kept God in my life and surrounded myself with good people. I am humbled by this award named in my honor,” said Campbell.
For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-592-1661, extension 237.
Stanford’s season opens Sept. 7 with an 8 p.m. (PT) home game against a San Jose State team that won 11 games a year ago. The game will be televised nationally on Pac-12 Networks.
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