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Kennedy, Williams named to Tyler Rose Watch List

August 21, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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TYLER, Texas – Texas A&M’s Malcome Kennedy and Trey Williams were named to the watch list for the 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which is given annually to nation’s top offensive player with ties to the state of Texas.

Both Kennedy and Williams were key contributors to the Aggies’ 2013 offense that led the Southeastern Conference in passing, scoring and total offense. Last season the Aggies set school records for total passing yards (4,593) and passing yards per game (353.3), while just falling shy of school records for points (575) and total yards (6,999).

Kennedy, a senior from Cayuga, Texas, reeled in 60 catches for 658 yards and seven touchdowns. His three touchdown catches against then-top-ranked Alabama were the most against the Crimson Tide defense in well over a decade (since 1999). Among returning receivers in the SEC, only Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell (72) and Mississippi State’s Jameon Lewis (64) had more catches than Kennedy.

Williams, a junior from Spring, Texas, is the Aggies’ returning leader in rushing, all-purpose yardage, kickoff return yards and total offense. Williams broke the 1,000-yard barrier in all-purpose yards while rushing for 407 yards and six touchdowns and gaining 706 kickoff return yards (25.2 yards per attempt).

Last year, both quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans were finalists for the award. The 2014 Tyler Rose watch list will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 4 finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 14, 2015.

This year's Watch List includes:

·       43 players from 9 different conferences including 3 independents (ACC, AAC, Big 10,Big 12, CUSA, MWC, Pac 12, SEC, Sunbelt)

·       Players representing universities from 22 different states

·       Wide receivers dominate the nominations with 17, followed by running backs (12), quarterbacks (8), tight ends (3), fullbacks (2), halfback (1)

2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Jay Ajayi, Boise State, Running Back, RS/Junior

Ross Apo, Brigham Young Univer, Wide Receiver, Senior

Trevone Boykin, TCU, Quarterback, Junior

Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech, Quarterback, Graduate

Malcolm Brown, Texas, Running Back, Senior

Damon Bullock, Iowa, Running Back, Senior

Shane Carden, East Carolina, Quarterback, Senior

David Cobb, Minnesota, Running Back, Senior

Noah Copeland, Navy, Fullback, Senior

Devante Davis, UNLV, Wide Receiver, Senior

Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa, Wide Receiver, Junior

Antwan Goodley, Baylor University, Wide Receiver, Senior

D.D. Goodson, Colorado, Wide Receiver, Senior

Treyvon Green, Northwestern, Running Back, Senior

Deontay Greenberry, Houston, Wide Receiver, Junior

Nick Harwell, Kansas, Wide Receiver, Senior

Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, Wide Receiver, Sophomore

Nathan Jeffery, UTEP, Running Back, Senior

Aaron Jones, UTEP, Running Back, Sophomore

Kam Jones, UTSA, Wide Receiver, Senior

Darius Joseph, SMU, Wide Receiver, Junior

Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, Quarterback, Senior

Malcome Kennedy, Texas A&M, Wide Receiver, Senior

Trevor Knight, Oklahoma, Quarterback, RS/Sophomore

Shock Linwood, Baylor University, Running Back, Sophomore

Logan Lister, Rutgers University, Tight End, Freshman

Ty Montgomery, Stanford, Wide Receiver, Senior

Jimmay Mundine, Kansas, Tight End, Graduate

Bryce Petty, Baylor University, Quarterback, Senior

Adam Roberts, San Diego State, Fullback, Senior

Larry Rose, III, New Mexico State, Running Back, Freshman

Jameill Showers, UTEP, Quarterback, Senior

Zachary Swanson, Virginia, Tight End, Senior

Jordan Taylor, Rice, Wide Receiver, Senior

Jordan Thompson, West Virginia, Wide Receiver, Junior

Jamal Turner, Nebraska, Wide Receiver, Senior

Trenton Turrentine, Army, Running Back, Senior

Davis Webb, Texas Tech, Quarterback, Sophomore

DeAndrew White, Alabama, Wide Receiver, Senior

Shane Williams-Rhode, Boise State, Wide Receiver, Junior

Trey Williams, Texas A&M, Running Back, Junior

Dontre Wilson, Ohio State, Half Back, Sophomore

Storm Woods, Oregon State, Running Back, Junior

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