Dec. 9, 2013
TYLER, Texas -
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty
was named one of five finalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler announced Monday.
This year, the junior signal caller has passed for 320.3 yards per game and 30 touchdowns, while completing 61.8 percent of his passes and only throwing two interceptions. He leads the nation with 17.47 yards per completion and is second with a passing efficiency of 179.18.
Petty led Baylor to its first-ever Big 12 championship and a berth in its first-ever BCS bowl game. The Bears are ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and the BCS Standings and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Petty was named the AP's Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year earlier in the day. He is already a finalist for the Manning Award as well.
The other four finalists for the award include: Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), Mike Evans (Texas A&M), James Franklin (Missouri) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).
The winner will be announced at the award banquet in Tyler, Texas, on Jan. 10.
Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) will now play in the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. UCF (11-1, 8-0) in Glendale, Ariz. on Jan. 1. The Bears will be appearing in a bowl game for a fourth straight season for the first time in program history. The contest is slated for a 7:30 p.m. CT kick from the University of Phoenix Stadium. For more information, visit www.baylorbears.com/bowlcentral.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, 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 D1 Texas college.
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