TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The best Texas-raised Division I football player was honored in Tyler Wednesday night at the eighth annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Ceremony. The award looks to honor not only the player for his on the field accomplishments but also for the way they handle themselves in the classroom and in the community.
Ohio State University running back J.K. Dobbins took home the honors becoming only the second running back to win the award. Dobbins is a running back for Ohio State, and he graduated from La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas.
When asked how the Ohio State coaches talked him into leaving Texas, Dobbins replied, “Well, at the time, I was coming out of high school. I wanted to be on a championship team, a place to play big games, you know?”
Dobbins said, at that time, he didn’t think any Texas teams were capable of doing that, so he decided to take “the jump.”
J.K. Dobbins ranks third in the nation with 2,003 yards rushing and third with 21 touchdowns. He has scored at least one touchdown in eight straight games and rushed for 100 or more yards in nine of 13 games. Dobbins ranks second all-time in rushing at Ohio State with 4,459 rushing yards. He was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.
Dobbins has played his best against the best competition, averaging over 175.0 yards/game against four Top 15 defenses. He rushed for 172 yards vs. Michigan State’s No. 4 ranked rush defense, 163 yards vs. Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked rush defense, 157 vs. Penn State’s No. 4 defense, 211 with four TDS vs. Michigan’s No. 13 rush defense and 172 yards vs. Wisconsin’s No. 7 defense in the Big Ten Championship Game.
The winner was announced at the award banquet in Tyler, Texas on January 15, 2020. All finalists were invited to the event and the emcee was Ron Franklin, legendary sports commentator, former voice of ESPN College Football and the Houston Oilers.
The event took place at the Willow Brook Country Club. The college football fans who attended the ceremony enjoyed the camaraderie and hospitality associated with the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose award ceremony.
"The name Campbell is on it, which means it’s a family affair, said Christian Tyler Campbell, Earl Campbell’s son.
Campbell’s sons have been helping with the event for some time now, and if their father’s name is on it, it’s going to be first-class.
“The number one thing with him is he wants to show kids they can do the same things he has done,” Christian Tyler Campbell said. “It may initially seem like a far reach, but if you’re willing to work hard and sacrifice, there’s another kid out there that is going to have an award named after him soon. I think the notoriety part is a big aspect of this award, but there’s also the encouraging part of it.”