There's another gunslinger in West Texas.

Texas Tech true freshman quarterback Alan Bowman may be the next in line on the list of prolific passers that have called Lubbock home.

Bowman was spectacular in leading the Red Raiders to a 63-49 win over Houston on Saturday.

For his performance, Bowman was named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the third week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler executive director, announced Tuesday.

Bowman broke the Big 12 freshman record set by Whitehouse native and current Kansas City Chief Patrick Mahomes against Baylor in 2014, and his five TDs were most by a Tech quarterback since Corsicana Mildred graduate Nic Shimonek's six against Arizona State last season.

The Grapevine High School graduate quickly accomplished something one of his predecessors — head coach Kliff Kingsbury — never did: a 600-yard game.

Bowman finished 43 of 59 passing for the fifth 600-yard game in Texas Tech history. Bowman threw for 605 yards. In the second start of his career, Bowman broke Patrick Mahomes' Big 12 freshman passing record of 598 yards set on Nov. 29, 2014 against Baylor. 

“That was a nice step in the right direction,” Kingsbury said. “But I’ve said it all along, there’s an expectation at Texas Tech that started a long time ago that we’re going to play really good at quarterback and play really good on offense.” 

It's the fifth honor for Bowman within the last two days, as he's also received Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Walter Camp National Player of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and the Davey O'Brien "Great 8" list.

Texas Tech opens Big 12 play on Saturday, traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face Oklahoma State in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Boone Pickens Stadium. The game will be broadcast by FOX Sports 1.

Bowman joins previously weekly winners — Week 1: Mason Fine, quarterback, North Texas; and Week 2: Laviska Shenault Jr., wide receiver, Colorado.

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 DI Texas college.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, go to the award-winning website, or contact Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: or 903-592-1661, ext. 237. 

Week 2 Honorable Mentions:

David Blough, senior quarterback, Purdue

Hometown: Carrollton

High School: Ranchview

Passing: 39 of 55, 572 yards, 3 TDs, interception  

Rushing: 6 carries, 18 yards, TD

Purdue lost to Missouri, 40-37, on Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Jarret Doedge, sophomore quarterback, Bowling Green

Hometown: Lubbock

High School: Cooper

Passing: 28 of 39, 258 yards, 4 TDs, interception  

Rushing: 4 carries, minus 12 yards, TD

Bowling Green defeated Eastern Kentucky, 42-35, on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio.


Ta'Zhawn Henry, freshman running back, Texas Tech

Hometown: Houston

High School: Lamar

Rushing: 24 carries, 111 yards, 4 TDs

Texas Tech defeated Houston, 63-49, on Saturday in Lubbock.


Kyler Murray, junior quarterback, Oklahoma

Hometown: Allen

High School: Allen

Passing: 21 of 29, 348 yards, 3 TDs, interception  

Rushing: 15 carries, 77 yards 

Oklahoma defeated Iowa State, 37-27, on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.


Antoine Wesley, junior wide receiver, Texas Tech

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

High School: Cibolo Steele

Receiving: 13 catches, 261 yards, 3 TDs 

Texas Tech defeated Houston, 63-49, on Saturday 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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