Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray made a smashing debut as the Aggies starter on Saturday in College Station.

The true freshman from Allen got the stagnant Aggie offense going and his efforts were rewarded by being named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the ninth week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, vice president of SPORTyler, announced on Tuesday.

Murray ran for 156 yards and threw for 223 more yards in his first start for Texas A&M in a 35-28 win over South Carolina.

A&M coach Kevin Sumlin re-opened the competition for the starting quarterback job this week, and Murray was named the starter on Friday. Murray completed 20 of 28 passes with a touchdown and ran 20 times with another touchdown and the go-ahead score.

"At the Tuesday press conference I said we were going to change some things, and I think it was pretty obvious our guys were more comfortable with what we were doing today," Sumlin said. "We ran close to 50 plays in the first half, so our tempo was a lot higher. Kyler Murray is comfortable in that setting; the coaching point was ‘be quick, but not in a hurry.' He was able to communicate with our players and he did a great job communicating with us coaches during the game. The biggest thing for him was not forcing it but letting the game come to him. Once he settled down and actually began to read things out, he was effective."

Murray is a graduate of Allen High School.

Each week during the regular season, an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week is selected by a committee leading up to the finalists' announcement in December.

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, tenacity and community; 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 DI Texas college.

For more information and to vote on the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, go to www.earlcampbellaward.com.


Previously weekly award winners

Week 1 - Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech quarterback

Week 2 - Corey Coleman, Baylor wide receiver

Week 3 - Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma quarterback

Week 4 - Josh Doctson, TCU wide receiver

Week 5 - Seth Russell, Baylor quarterback

Week 6 - Trevone Boykin, TCU quarterback

Week 7 - Seth Russell, Baylor quarterback

Week 8 - Samaje Perine, Oklahoma running back


Week 9 Honorable Mentions

David Bough, freshman quarterback, Purdue

Carrollton (Creekview High School)

Passing: 28 of 43 for 274 yards, 4 touchdowns

Rushing: 10 carries for 82 yards, TD

W, 55-45 over Nebraska in West Lafayette, Indiana


Trevone Boykin, senior quarterback, TCU

Dallas (West Mesquite HS)

Passing: 32 of 47 for 388 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: 11 carries for 84 yards, TD

W, 40-10 over West Virginia in Fort Worth


Josh Doctson, senior wide receiver, TCU

Mansfield (Legacy HS)

Receiving: 11 catches for 183 yards, 2 TDs

W, 40-10 over West Virginia in Fort Worth


Baker Mayfield, junior quarterback, Oklahoma

Austin (Lake Travis HS)

Passing: 27 of 32 for 383 yards, 4 TDs

W, 62-7 over Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas


Devante Mays, junior running back, Utah State

Livingston (Livingston HS)

Rushing: 22 carries for 176 yards, 2 TDs

W, 58-27 over Wyoming in Logan, Utah


Kent Myers, sophomore quarterback, Utah State

Rowlett (Sachse HS)

Passing: 14 of 17 for 246 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: 11 carries for 48 yards, TD

W, 58-27 over Wyoming in Logan, Utah


Larry Rose III, sophomore running back, New Mexico State

Fairfield (Fairfield HS)

Rushing: 25 carries for 212 yards, 4 TDs

W, 55-48 over Idaho in overtime in Las Cruces, New Mexico


James Washington, sophomore wide receiver, Oklahoma State

Stamford (Stamford HS)

Receiving: 4 catches for 200 yards, 2 TDs

W, 70-53 over Texas Tech in Lubbock

Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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