Ajayi Named Semifinalist for National Award
Jay Ajayi has rushed for 1,390 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2014.
Nov. 25, 2014

TYLER, Texas - Boise State redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given annually to the top offensive player in collegiate football with ties to the state of Texas.

Bronco fans can vote daily for Ajayi at EarlCampbellAward.com.

From Plano, Texas (Frisco Liberty HS), Ajayi is one of six running backs amongst the semifinalists, and one of two players from the Mountain West (Rashard Higgins, Colorado State).

Ajayi has started each of Boise State's 11 games in 2014, rushing for 1,390 yards and 19 touchdowns on 276 carries. He has also caught 44 passes for 535 yards and four touchdowns. His rushing total and per-game average (126.4) each ranks 12th nationally, and his rushing touchdowns are the fourth-most in the country. Ajayi ranks third nationally in both all-purpose yards (1,925) and all-purpose yards per game (175.0).

His 23 total touchdowns in 2014 ranks third nationally, and includes six three-touchdown performances. He is averaging 12.5 points per game, the fourth-highest total nationally.

His reception total is fifth nationally amongst running backs, while his receiving yardage total ranks fourth amongst the group. He is one of only two running backs with more than 200 carries and more than 40 receptions, and leads the nation in total touches (320).

Semifinalists must exhibit 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.

Additionally, the nominee must be born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year school.

In addition to Ajayi and Higgins, the list of semifinalists includes J.T. Barrett (quarterback, Ohio State), Trevone Boykin (quarterback, TCU), Shane Carden (quarterback, East Carolina), David Cobb (running back, Minnesota), Corey Coleman (wide receiver, Baylor), Josh Doctson (wide receiver, TCU), Aaron Jones (running back, UTEP), Cayleb Jones (wide receiver, Arizona), Shock Linwood (running back, Baylor), Keevan Lucas (wide receiver, Tulsa), Samaje Perine (running back, Oklahoma), Bryce Petty (quarterback, Baylor), Josh Reynolds (wide receiver, Texas A&M) and Jonathan Williams (running back, Arkansas).

Finalists will be selected from this group and announce, Dec. 10. The winner will be announced at the award banquet in Tyler, Texas, Jan. 14, 2015.

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