Jones named to Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list on Wednesday
TYLER — Kam Jones was one of 43 players named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday at its annual East Texas Kickoff Luncheon.
A preseason third-team All-Conference USA selection by Athlon Sports, Jones enters his final season as a Roadrunner as the program's all-time leading receiver with 96 receptions for 1,246 yards (13.0 avg.).
The Edna native is coming off a junior campaign that saw him earn honorable mention all-league accolades. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder appeared in 11 games with seven starts and led squad with 34 receptions for 345 yards (10.1 avg.). He also rushed 29 times for 302 yards (10.8 avg.), scored a total of six touchdowns (5 rush/1 rec) and averaged 20.6 yards on 21 kickoff returns
Jones had a season-high five catches (for 65 yards) in the season opener at New Mexico (Aug. 31) and racked up a season-best 77 receiving yards on four grabs, including a 12-yard TD, against Houston (Sept. 28).
He ripped off a program-record 84-yard TD rush at Tulsa (Nov. 2) and added a 40-yard jaunt to paydirt three weeks later at North Texas (Nov. 23), as his average rushing score covered 36 yards. The former prep quarterback also scored twice on the ground against UAB (Oct. 26).
Jones also set program records with eight kickoff returns for 158 yards in the home opener against No. 13 Oklahoma State (Sept. 7).
Founded in late 2012 by the Tyler Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will recognize the top offensive player in Division I (FBS/FCS) with ties to the state of Texas who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell — integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically the tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. All nominees also must have been born in the state of Texas, graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year university.
The watch list will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in mid-November and up to four finalists will be unveiled in December. The finalists will attend the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet on Jan. 14, 2015, where the winner will be announced.
Campbell graduated from Tyler's John Tyler High School before playing for the Texas Longhorns from 1974-77. He led the nation with 1,744 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior en route to winning the 1977 Heisman Trophy.
Campbell was drafted by the National Football League's Houston Oilers in 1978 and went on to win Rookie of the Year honors that fall. He was tabbed the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1979 and led the league in rushing three times. Campbell was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List
Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB
Ross Apo, BYU, WR
Trevone Boykin, TCU, QB
Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech, QB
Malcolm Brown, Texas, RB
Damon Bullock, Iowa, RB
Shane Carden, East Carolina, QB
David Cobb, Minnesota, RB
Noah Copeland, Navy, RB
Devante Davis, UNLV, WR
Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa, WR
Antwan Goodley, Baylor, WR
D.D. Goodson, Colorado, WR
Treyvon Green, Northwestern, RB
Deontay Greenberry, Houston, WR
Nick Harwell, Kansas, WR
Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, WR
Nathan Jeffery, UTEP, RB
Aaron Jones, UTEP, RB
Kam Jones, UTSA, WR
Darius Joseph, SMU, WR
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, QB
Malcome Kennedy, Texas A&M, WR
Trevor Knight, Oklahoma, QB
Shock Linwood, Baylor, RB
Logan Lister, Rutgers, TE
Ty Montgomery, Stanford, WR
Jimmay Mundine, Kansas, TE
Bryce Petty, Baylor, QB
Adam Roberts, San Diego State, RB
Larry Rose III, New Mexico State, RB
Jameill Showers, UTEP, QB
Zachary Swanson, Virginia, TE
Jordan Taylor, Rice, WR
Jordan Thompson, West Virginia, WR
Jamal Turner, Nebraska, WR
Trenton Turrentine, Army, RB
Davis Webb, Texas Tech, QB
DeAndrew White, Alabama, WR
Trey Williams, Texas A&M, RB
Shane Williams-Rhode, Boise State, WR
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State, RB
Storm Woods, Oregon State, RB