Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton has been selected The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the fourth week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, vice president of SPORTyler, announced Monday.
Guiton, of Houston, is a fifth-year senior who got his first college start at quarterback two weeks ago for an injured Braxton Miller.
The Aldine Eisenhower High School graduate set a school record Saturday with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — in a 76-0 win over Florida A&M in Columbus, Ohio. It was also the second-most in Big Ten single-game history.
Guiton completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards. He connected with five different receivers on his six touchdown throws, including his second to Evan Spencer with 13 seconds left in the first half to set the program record. He has a 2-0 record as starter for the Buckeyes.
Week 4 honorable mentions include:
Bryce Petty, Baylor — Junior quarterback from Midlothian (18 of 27 pass attempts, 351 yards, 4 TDs, 26 yards on 5 carries, TD in 70-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Waco).
Johnathan Gray, Texas — Sophomore running back from Aledo (28 carries for 141 yards, 2 TDs in 31-21 win over Kansas State in Austin).
Antwan Goodley, Baylor — Junior wide receiver from Midland (5 catches, 156 yards, 2 TDs in 70-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Waco).
Previous weekly winners include:
Week 1 — Shane Carden, junior quarterback of Houston (Episcopal High School), East Carolina University.
Week 2 — Chuckie Keeton, junior quarterback of Houston (Cypress Creek High School), Utah State University.
Week 3 — Johnny Manziel, sophomore quarterback of Kerrville (Tivy High School), Texas A&M University.
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 Division I Texas college.
Campbell, a Tyler native, led the John Tyler High School to the 1973 Class 4A state football championship. He won the 1977 Heisman Trophy at The University of Texas. Campbell is a three-time National Football League Most Valuable Player and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 18 with the final four slated for Monday, Dec. 2.
The winner will be announced on Jan. 10, 2014, in Tyler.