Jalen Hurts

Facing a 28-3 deficit, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts willed his team to the biggest comeback in Sooners history on Saturday.

For his efforts, Hurts has been named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the 12th week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler executive director, announced on Tuesday.

Hurts accounted for 411 yards of offense (305 after halftime) to rally Oklahoma to a 34-31 road win over previously undefeated Baylor at McLane Stadium in Waco. The senior quarterback from Channelview was 30-for-42 through the air (both season highs) for 297 yards and a season-high four touchdowns. He also ran 27 times for a game-high 114 yards.

“I put us in a horrible situation, and we found a way to come back,” Hurts said. “We overcame adversity, and you’re remembered for what you do in November. So it’s a big-time win (Saturday).”

Hurts was also named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.

It is his second ECTR National Player of the Week honor this season.

Hurts joins previous winners: Week 1, Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma; Week 2, JoJo Ward, WR, Hawaii; Week 3, Darius Anderson, RB, TCU; and TJ McDaniel, RB, SMU; Week 4, Shane Buechele, QB, SMU; Week 5, Charlie Brewer, QB, Baylor; Week 6, James Proche, WR, SMU; Week 7, CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma; Week 8, James Roberson Jr., WR, SMU; Week 9, J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State; Week 10, Mason Fine, QB, North Texas; and Week 11, Keaontay Ingram, RB, Texas.

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 D1 Texas college.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: csmoak@tylertexas.com or 903-592-1661, extension 237.

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Week 12 Honorable Mention

Jarret Doege, junior quarterback, West Virginia

Hometown: Lubbock

High School: Cooper

Passing: 20 of 30 attempts, 234 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: 6 carries, 11 yards

West Virginia defeated No. 24 Kansas State, 24-20, on Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Max Duggan, freshman quarterback, TCU

Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa

High School: Lewis Central

Passing: 25 of 42 attempts, 323 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing: 18 carries, 75 yards, TD

TCU defeated Texas Tech, 33-31, on Saturday in Lubbock.


Jaylon Henderson, senior quarterback, Boise State

Hometown: Kingwood

High School: Park

Junior College: Trinity Valley

Passing: 15 of 28 attempts, 292 yards, 3 TDs, INT

Boise State defeated New Mexico, 42-9, on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.

Henderson, the third-string QB, was making his first collegiate start.


Brant Kuithe, sophomore wide receiver, Utah

Hometown: Katy

High School: Cinco Ranch

Receiving: 5 catches, 132 yards, TD

Utah defeated UCLA, 49-3, on Saturday in Salt Lake City.


Tony Nicholson, senior wide receiver, New Mexico State

Hometown: Grand Prairie

High School: South Grand Prairie

Receiving: 6 catches, 101 yards, 2 TDs

New Mexico State defeated Incarnate Word, 41-28, on Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Cordarrian Richardson, sophomore running back, Texas A&M

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

High School: Trezevant

Rushing: 6 carries, 130 yards, TD

Receiving: 1 catch, 17 yards, TD

Texas A&M defeated South Carolina, 30-6, on Saturday in College Station.

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Brad Rozner, junior wide receiver, Rice

Hometown: Needville

High School: Needville

Junior College: Cisco

Receiving: 8 catches, 130 yards, 3 TDs

Rice won its first game of the season, defeating Middle Tennessee, 31-28, on Saturday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


Tom Stewart, senior quarterback, Rice

Hometown: Dallas

High School: Parish Episcopal

Passing: 18 of 23 attempts, 222 yards, 3 TDs

Rice won its first game of the season, defeating Middle Tennessee, 31-28, on Saturday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


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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