TYLER, Texas -Baylor offensive stars Antwan Goodley, Bryce Petty, Tevin Reese and Lache Seastrunk are four of 16 semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the award's selection committee announced on Tuesday.
Goodley is Baylor's leading receiver with 48 grabs for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Midland, Texas, product is fifth nationally and leads the Big 12 in receiving yards per game (119.4), while ranking third in the FBS and first in the Big 12 in yards per catch (22.4).
This season, Petty has thrown for 2,992 yards and 24 touchdowns, while completing 65.2 percent of his passes. In his first year as a starter, the Midlothian, Texas, native has only one interception and boasts an FBS-best 206.24 passing efficiency rating. Petty is also first nationally in yards per completion (19.68), second in points responsible for per game (22.7), fifth in passing yards per game (332.4) and sixth in total offense (346.6).
The junior signal caller is already a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
Reese, who will miss the rest of the regular season with a dislocated wrist, racked up 824 yards receiving on 33 catches through eight games. The Temple, Texas, native has eight touchdown grabs and still leads the country in yards per catch (25.0).
Before being sidelined with an injury vs. Oklahoma, Seastrunk had rushed for 888 yards on 102 attempts. He is second in the nation with 8.7 yards per carry and leads the Big 12 with 11 rushing touchdowns. The product of Temple, Texas, is averaging 111.0 rushing yards per contest, which is 18th nationally and leads the Big12.
All four players are part of the nation's top offense as the Bears are averaging 684.8 yards per game and scoring 61.2 points per contest.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award 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.
The four Bears are part of seven players from the Big 12 on the list including Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), Johnathan Gray (Texas) and Charles Sims (West Virginia).
BU is off to a 9-0 start to the season for the first time in program history and a 6-0 league start for the first time since 1980. The Bears are ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the BCS Standings. That AP ranking is Baylor's highest since 1953.
The Bears will now face No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Stillwater, Okla. That game is will be broadcast to a full national audience on ABC.
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