Texas Football’s Xavier Worthy, Quinn Ewers named to Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list

On3 imageby:Justin Wells08/17/23

Texas Football junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy and sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers were named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award preseason watch list, the organization announced on Thursday. Both Worthy and Ewers were named to the preseason watch list for the first time in their careers.

Worthy, who also has been named to the Maxwell Award, Paul Horning Award, Biletnikoff Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year preseason watch lists and was the lone unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team by the conference’s media representatives, is a third-year wide receiver who has played in and started 25 games. The Fresno, Calif. product has 122 career receptions for 1,741 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 21 career touchdown receptions rank third all-time in Texas history and his 122 career receptions are the 14th-most ever for a Longhorn.

in 2022, Worthy was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches and the Associated Press after leading the conference and ranking 19th in the nation with nine touchdown receptions, while tying for fourth in the Big 12 receptions (60), ranking fifth receiving yards (760), and seventh in receiving yards per game (58.5) and receptions per game (4.6). Worthy also served as the punt returner for Texas in 2022, averaging 9.7 yards per return. His 21 career touchdown receptions lead all returning Power 5 players and rank second among FBS receivers.

Ewers, who has also been named to the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Manning Award preseason watch lists, is a second-year quarterback who has played in and started 10 games. A native of Southlake, Texas, the former On3 five-star completed 172-of-296 passes (58.1%) for 2,177 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2022.

in 2022, Ewers’ 2,177 passing yards were the fifth-most all time for a Texas freshman and the 22nd-most in program history, while the 15 touchdown passes were the fourth-most in a season for a Longhorn freshman. In the Alamo Bowl against Washington, he connected on 31-of-47 passes for 369 yards and one touchdown, establishing career highs for completions and passing yards. The 31 completions and 47 passing attempts were the third-most ever for a Texas quarterback in a bowl game and both marks equaled the 10th-most in any single game in program history. Additionally, his 369 passing yards were the third-most ever for a Longhorn in a bowl game and 16th-most in a single game in UT history. Ewers heads into the 2023 with a streak of 116 consecutive passes without an interception, tied for the eighth-longest streak in program history.

The award, which is named after 1977 Heisman Trophy winner and Longhorn Legend Earl Campbell, is given annually to the top offensive player in the FBS who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Campbell – integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity. In addition, it is limited to players who were born in the state of Texas, attended a high school in Texas or attended a Texas junior college or university.

The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 5 finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans, and previous winners. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet scheduled for January.

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