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Cornett Part Of Watch List For New Award

Tim Cornett needs 701 rushing yards to become UNLV's all-time leader.

Aug 21, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV senior running back Tim Cornett, poised to break the school record for career rushing yards this fall, was one of 35 players named Wednesday on the inaugural official watch list for the new Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

The award is being launched this season to honor the nation's top college football offensive player who was either born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or plays at a college located in the Lone Star State. The honoree must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define the award's namesake -- former NFL running back great Earl Campbell (nicknamed the Tyler Rose) -- including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.

Cornett is from the Houston area and graduated from North Shore High School. He needs 701 yards this fall to surpass another Texan, Mike Thomas (3,149 yards in 1973-74) as UNLV's all-time ground gainer. Cornett, who rushed for 1,232 yards in 2012, is the active leader among all FBS running backs for career 100-yard games with 11.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is presented by SPORTyler, Inc., in conjunction with the City of Tyler, the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.

Each week during the regular season, an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week will be announced. The selection committee, which is comprised of Texas-based journalists and college football dignitaries, will narrow the field to up to 16 semifinalists on Nov. 18, and up to four finalists Dec. 2. The inaugural recipient of the award will be recognized at a banquet in Tyler on Jan. 10, 2014.

UNLV opens its season Aug. 29 at Minnesota. The Rebels' home opener is Sept. 7 when they host the University of Arizona for the first time in history. Season and single-game tickets are on sale now by logging on to or calling (702) 739-FANS (3267).



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