Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. has been named this year’s winner of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given annually to 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.”
On top of that, the athlete must be Texas-based in some way, shape or form. Ward’s receiving the award was posted to Twitter and also via a press release. Previous winners include TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.
Houston QB Greg Ward is this year's Tyler Rose Earl Campbell Award winner.
— Earl Campbell Award (@CampbellAward) January 14, 2016
“I’m honored to present the award to Greg Ward, Jr.” Earl Campbell said. “The votes were close because all of these players had an amazing season. We were proud to be able to present the award to Greg. It takes on a special meaning this year as well because it is the first athlete from my alma mater, John Tyler High School, to win the award.”
A former three-star recruit from Tyler, Texas, hometown of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, Ward was instrumental in Houston’s dominance in 2015. He mastered coach Tom Herman’s offense almost instantly and was a big reason why the Cougars went on to win both the AAC and also the Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl against Florida State.
On the season, Ward threw for 2,828 yards and 17 touchdowns, completing 67.2 percent of his passes while adding 1,108 yards and 25 scores on the ground. Other finalists other than him included Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman, Oklahoma quarterback and former Texas Tech walk-on Baker Mayfield, the aforementioned Boykin and TCU receiver Josh Doctson.
Needless to say, Ward is more than worthy of such an honor.
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