For the first time there are co-winners of The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler executive director, announced on Tuesday.

TCU running back Darius Anderson and SMU running back TJ McDaniel shared the award for the third week of the college football season.

Anderson rushed for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Horned Frogs to a 34-13 win over Purdue on Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana. With the win, the Horned Frogs moved to 2-0 on the season and extended their winning streak to five games.

Anderson is a graduate of George Ranch High School in Richmond.

McDaniel rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries as SMU scored a 47-17 victory over Texas State on Saturday in Dallas. The Mustangs are 3-0 for the first time since 1984.

McDaniel is a graduate of Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake.

The two face each this week as the Mustangs meet the Horned Frogs on Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

Anderson and McDaniel join previous winners: Week 1, Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma; and Week 2, JoJo Ward, WR, Hawaii.

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 or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: or 903-592-1661, extension 237.

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Week 3

Honorable Mention

Rakeem Boyd, junior

running back, Arkansas

Hometown: Houston

High School: Stratford

Rushing: 20 carries, 122 yards, 2 TDs

Arkansas defeated Colorado State, 55-34, on Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


J.K. Dobbins, junior

running back, Ohio State

Hometown: La Grange

High School: La Grange

Rushing: 22 carries, 193 yards, TD

Ohio State defeated Indiana, 51-10, on Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana.


Jalen Hurts, senior

quarterback, Oklahoma

Hometown: Channelview

High School: Channelview

Passing: 15 of 20, 289 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: 14 carries, 150 yards, TD

Oklahoma defeated UCLA, 48-14, on Saturday in Pasadena, California.

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Charleston Rambo,


wide receiver, Oklahoma

Hometown: Cedar Hill

High School: Cedar Hill

Receiving: 5 catches, 116 yards, 2 TDs

Oklahoma defeated UCLA, 48-14, on Saturday in Pasadena, California.


Nick Starkel, junior

quarterback, Arkansas

Hometown: Argyle

High School: Liberty Christian

Passing: 20 of 35, 305 yards, 3 TDs

Arkansas defeated Colorado State, 55-34, on Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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CJ Williams,

junior slot back, SMU

Hometown: Cibolo

High School: Steele

Receiving: 3 catches, 117 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing: 2 carries, 11 yards

Note: 80-yard TD reception was the longest by a Midshipmen since 2010.

Navy defeated East Carolina, 42-10, on Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland.


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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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