Golden Gophers senior David Cobb was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List this afternoon. Cobb is one of 43 players and one of 12 running backs named to the list.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 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. In addition, 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 college.
The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 4 finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 14, 2015.
Cobb, who played high school football at Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas, was also previously announced as being on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented to the nation's top college running back.
Last season, Cobb became the first Gopher since 2006 to surpass 1,000 yards rushing. His 1,202-yard season total ranked 12th in program history and 27th in the nation in 2013. He also tied for the team lead with seven touchdowns.
Cobb eclipsed 100 yards in six games, including a four-game streak during Big Ten play. He rumbled for a career-high 188 yards on the ground as part of his 236 all-purpose yards in a win at Indiana.
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