West Virginia's Howard wins Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) warms up for the Cactus Bowl NCAA College football game against Arizona State, in Phoenix. Howard is counting on a record 2015 bowl performance to help put to rest all that talk that he wasn't talented enough to be a starting quarterback in the Big 12. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

In another week of high-scoring games, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard put up some dazzling numbers.

With his standout performance, Howard, of Fort Worth, was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week, Cindy Smoak, vice president of SPORTyler, announced on Tuesday.

The honor was for the second week of the college football season.

The Brewer High School graduate tied a career-high with five touchdown passes to lead West Virginia to a 38-21 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Howard completed 20 of 33 pass attempts for 389 yards. His five touchdowns went for 53, 54, 11, 57 and 21 yards, tying his five-touchdown performance in the Cactus Bowl against Arizona State on Jan. 2. Against the Penguins, he also ran eight times for 50 yards and completed 15 passes of more than 10 yards, seven of more than 20 yards and four of more than 40 yards.

West Virginia (2-0) has two weeks now to prepare for its final non-conference game of the season when the Mountaineers face BYU in Landover, Maryland, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Last week, Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr., a native of Tyler and the 2015 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner, was the Week One winner.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define 1977 Heisman Trophy winner 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: be 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.

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


Week Two Honorable Mention

Tommy Armstrong Jr., senior quarterback, Nebraska

Hometown: San Antonio

High School: Cibolo Steele

Passing: 20 of 34 attempts for 377 yards, 3 touchdowns, interception

Rushing: 12 carries for 12 yards, TD

Nebraska defeated Wyoming, 52-17, on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska

Shane Buechele, freshman quarterback, Texas

Hometown: Arlington

High School: Lamar

Passing: 22 of 27 attempts for 244 yards, 4 touchdowns

Rushing: 11 carries for 34 yards

Texas defeated UTEP, 41-7, on Saturday in Austin

Ryan Higgins, senior quarterback, Louisiana Tech

Hometown: Hutto

High School: Hutto

Passing: 34 of 52 attempts for 409 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

Rushing: 5 carries for 17 yards

Louisiana Tech defeated South Carolina State, 53-24, on Saturday in Ruston, Louisiana

Christian Kirk, sophomore wide receiver, Texas A&M

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

High School: Saguaro

Receiving: 13 receptions for 106 yards, 2 TDs

Texas A&M defeated Prairie View A&M, 67-0, on Saturday in College Station

Trevor Knight, senior quarterback, Texas A&M

Hometown: San Antonio

High School: Reagan

Passing: 21 of 37 attempts for 344 yards, 3 TDs, interception

Rushing: 7 carries for 78 yards, TD

Texas A&M defeated Prairie View A&M, 67-0, on Saturday in College Station

Patrick Mahomes II, junior quarterback, Texas Tech

Hometown: Whitehouse

High School: Whitehouse

Passing: 38 of 53 attempts for 540 yards, 5 TDs, 2 interceptions

Rushing: 11 carries for 44 yards, TD

Texas Tech lost to Arizona State, 68-55, on Saturday in Tempe, Arizona

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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