TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was announced Wednesday night as the recipient of the 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, presented by Earl Campbell.
“I’m honored to present the award to Trevone Boykin,” said former Texas Longhorns and NFL great Campbell, nicknamed the Tyler Rose. “The votes were close because all of these players had an amazing season. We were proud to be able to present the award to Trevone.”
The other four finalists for the award were Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty, from Midlothian High School and the 2013 Campbell recipient; Boise State junior running back Jay Ajayi, from Frisco Liberty; Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, from Wichita Falls Rider; and Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine, from Pflugerville Hendrickson.
A junior from West Mesquite High School, Boykin set TCU single-season records for passing yards (3,901), touchdown passes (33), touchdowns responsible for (42), and total offense (4,608).
Boykin ranked third in the nation in total offense at 354.5 yards per game and became just the third quarterback since 2009 to average at least 300 yards per game passing (300.1) and 50 rushing (54.4).
With Boykin behind center, he led TCU to its first Big 12 co-championship in just its third season in the conference. The Horned Frogs capped their 12-1 season with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Boykin finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting.
The Campbell Award, according to the award sponsors, 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.
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 Division I Texas college.
The voting committee included 38 broadcasters, commentators and journalists from across the country as well as fans and Petty, the previous winner.