Aug. 20, 2014
Senior fullback Noah Copeland is one of 43 players on the watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in the FBS 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 college.
The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists in November and then four finalists in December. The finalists will be brought to Tyler, Texas for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 14, 2015.
Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before joining the University of Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1,744 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, going on to win the Longhorns’ first Heisman Trophy.
He was subsequently drafted by the Houston Oilers where he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and went on to lead the NFL in rushing three times. Campbell earned NFL MVP in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
Copeland is a three-year letterwinner and elected by his teammates to serve as a co-captain, along with safety Parrish Gaines, for the 2014 season.
Copeland rushed for 339 yards on 69 carries and two touchdowns, while catching three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown during an injury plagued junior year.
As a sophomore, Copeland rushed for 738 yards on 162 carries and two touchdowns as he finished the year as Navy’s second-leading rusher.
As a freshman, he mainly played on special teams and came up with seven tackles and forced a fumble. He had a huge Army-Navy game, recording four tackles and forcing a fumble that Navy recovered and later scored on.
Tickets are still available for Navy’s season opener against Ohio State on Saturday, August 30th at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 12 noon. Tickets are $75 for the lower and upper levels and $125 for club seats. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-US4-NAVY or you can buy them on the web at: http://bit.ly/1vxIyoF
The Navy football team finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year. The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy's 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.