The 2015 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Watch List was released today and Tejan Koroma landed on it. This list tracks the players that are in contention for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award that is given to the nations outstanding Division I college offensive player that meets certain criteria. The criteria needed to win the awards is to meet at least one of the following as found at the awards website:
- Born in Texas
- Graduated from a Texas High School
- Played at a Texas-based Junior College or four-year college.
- The player must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and tenacity- Specifically tenacity to persist, drive, determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
The list will be narrowed down to 16 in the month of November, and then to five finalists in December. The award will be announced in January. Koroma comes from Allen, Texas and is the only Cougar to make the list. Only one other player in the state made the list, Chuckie Keeton of Utah State. Other notable names on the list are Johnathan Gray of Texas, Trevone Boykin of TCU, Storm Woods of Oregon State, J.T. Barrett of Ohio State and Shane Williams-Rhodes of Boise State. Five players on the list will play against the BYU Cougars this season.
Kormoa looks to be a key component for the Cougars offensive line this year and is coming off a year where he played in all 13 games in his freshman year. The Cougars will rely on his physical play, and no-nonsense attitude, as they look to protect Taysom Hill and open holes for their running backs. As seen thus far in fall camp the Cougars can't afford to lose Koroma from the center position as nobody has been effective in taking his spot. Although he does sometimes continue to play after the whistle, the aggressive play has won over Cougar fans and players. Without the bit of nastiness that he displays, the Cougars would be in trouble.
If you want to keep track of the list you can access updates at www.etfinalscore.com