FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – Texas eyes are on Trelon Smith.
Running back Razorback was one of 53 stars named to the watchlist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the best offensive player in Texas State Division I football.
Applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria: be born in Texas and / or graduate from a high school in Texas and / or have played in a junior college or four-year college based in Texas. Nominees must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define legendary running back Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.
Smith, a Houston, TX native and Cypress Ridge High School graduate, produced the best 710 rushing yards with five touchdowns in 134 carries (5.3 on average) out of backfield in 2020. He played in the 10 games with four starts, finishing with the team’s third-most catches (22) for 159 yards and one scoring while also adding the second-most versatile yardage (869) over the Razorbacks.
The hatchback, who was named on the watchlist for the Doak Walker Award earlier this summer, recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game in Florida last season, slashing the Gators for 118 yards on eight carries as well. than his first career floor score. . His career-long 83-yard touchdown run against Florida is Arkansas ‘longest touchdown run against an SEC opponent since Joe Adams’ 2011 92-yard run against Auburn.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watchlist will be reduced to 16 semi-finalists in November, then to five finalists in December. Finalists will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and previous winners. Finalists will be brought to Tyler, Texas for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award banquet scheduled for January 12, 2022.
Smith and the Razorbacks open the season at home against former Southwestern Conference rival Rice at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 4 on SEC Network + / ESPN +. Season tickets are available now and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the Razorback Ticket Center at (479) 575-5151.