By Danielle Daniels
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State sophomore wide receiver Omari Evans was selected to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also meets 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 current playing at a Texas Division I four-year college.
Omari Evans · So. · WR · 6-0 · 185 · Killeen, Texas · Shoemaker
- Appeared in all 13 games in 2022.
- Recorded five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown.
- Added two kick returns for 33 yards.
- Caught a 32-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against Ohio (9/10/22).
- Made two grabs for 14 yards against Ohio State (10/29/22).
- Snagged an 11-yard pass at Rutgers (11/19/22).
- Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN in the 2022 Class.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I 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.
The watch list will be narrowed down to 16 semifinalists in November and then to five finalists in December. The finalists will be brought to Tyler, Texas for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet scheduled for January 10, 2024.
Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before playing at Texas. In his senior season, Campbell led the nation with 1,744 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, becoming Texas’ first Heisman Trophy winner. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers, where he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and went on to lead the NFL in rushing three times. Campbell earned NFL MVP in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
Penn State Football Recognized on 2023 Preseason Watch Lists
Kaytron Allen: Doak Walker Award
Abdul Carter: Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award
Dante Cephas: Biletnikoff Award
Dvon Ellies: Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Wuerffel Trophy
Omari Evans: Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Olumuyiwa Fashanu: Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
Curtis Jacobs: Butkus Award
Theo Johnson: Mackey Award
Kalen King: Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award
Chop Robinson: Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award
Nicholas Singleton: Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award, Paul Hornung Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
Riley Thompson: Ray Guy Award
For more information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and reserving new season tickets for the 2023 Penn State Football season presented by PSECU, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.PSUnrivaled.com, call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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