James Sims, Kansas’ leading rusher in 2012, is a candidate for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given annually to the top offensive player in college football with ties to the state of Texas.
Sims, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in just nine games last season, is the Big 12’s returning rusher as he enters his senior season. A native of Irving, Texas, Sims’ 1,000-yard season — 1,013 to be exact — was just the 11th in school history. He also set a KU record by rushing for 100 yards in six straight games.
To be eligible for the Earl Campbell Award, players much exhibit a list of characteristics that defined Campbell, the former NFL star, as well as meet one 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, which was announced Wednesday, will be narrowed down to 16 semifinalists in November and then four finalists in December. The finalists will be brought to Tyler, Texas, for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet, scheduled for Jan. 10, 2014.