Larry Rose III Named To 2017 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TYLER, TX - New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III was named to the 2017 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, as announced by SPORTyler and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the nation’s college offensive player of the year who was either born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college. The player must also exhibit characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community and tenacity.

For this award, a player is recognized by a selection committee comprised of Texas-based journalists, college football dignitaries and, in subsequent years, each of the all-time winners.

Rose III enters his senior season in third on the all-time rushing yards list at NM State with 3,618 yards, fourth in rushing touchdowns with 27 and fourth in all-purpose yards with 4,253.

After missing the first three games in 2016, the running back still went on to lead the team with 865 rushing yards and finish third in the Sun Belt Conference with 96.1 rushing yards and 116.1 all-purpose yards per game.

These totals came after an impressive sophomore season in 2015 for Rose III. He earned a Third-Team AP All-America nod as well as being named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the year after rushing for 1,651 yards with 14 touchdowns on 240 attempts.

The Fairfield, Texas native came to the Aggies from Fairfield High School where he was named the Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A Offensive Player of the year and was a First Team All-State selection as a senior. Behind 2,924 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns as a senior, Rose III helped guide the team to the state championship game, a 15-1 record and a No. 19 ranking in Texas during his senior campaign.

NM State opens the 2017 season on the road against Arizona State at 8:30 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Network in Sun Devil Stadium.