Ajayi, Williams-Rhodes Named to Watch List
Aug. 21, 2014

TYLER, Texas - Boise State football student-athletes Jay Ajayi and Shane Williams-Rhodes were each named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, the award committee announced recently.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is in its second year, and is given to 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.

The nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.

The Watch List will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists in November and then four finalists in December. The four finalists will be brought to Tyler, Texas, for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet, scheduled for Jan. 14, 2015.

Ajayi and Williams-Rhodes are two of 43 individuals on the Watch List, and two of six from the Mountain West.

Ajayi, a redshirt junior running back, rushed for 1,425 yards on 249 carries in 2013, and his 18 rushing touchdowns last season were the eighth-most in the country. He has averaged 5.96 yards per carry through his two seasons as a Bronco, the seventh-highest average nationally amongst active players with more than 250 career attempts.

He is the only offensive member of the 2013 All-MW First Team returning in 2014, and his yardage total from last season is the fourth-highest nationally returning for this season. Ajayi averaged 8.8 points scored per game in 2013, ranking 21st-nationally, and his 109.6 yards per game ranked 19th-nationally.

Williams-Rhodes, a junior wide receiver, ranked 11th-nationally and led the MW in punt returns last season, averaging 14.6 yards per return. Additionally, he caught 77 passes in 11 games, the fourth-most in school history. His 77 catches, 702 yards and six touchdowns each ranked second on the team.

The Broncos are entering their first season under head coach Bryan Harsin, a former Bronco quarterback (1995-99) who also served on the coaching staff from 2001-10. With Harsin as offensive coordinator from 2006-10, Boise State went 61-5, including undefeated seasons in 2006 (13-0) and 2009 (14-0). The Broncos scored 2,733 points during that time, the most in the country.

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