TYLER, Texas — Arkansas sophomore running back Devwah Whaley was named to the preseason watch list for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award on Tuesday afternoon.
The award, in its fifth season, is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding Division I college offensive player who either was born in Texas, has graduated from a Texas high school, or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college.
The player must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and tenacity – specifically tenacity to persist, drive, determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Whaley is set to be the Razorbacks’ featured running back in 2017 after backing up Southeastern Conference regular-season rushing champion Rawleigh Williams III last season. In 13 games played, Whaley rushed for 602 yards and three touchdowns on 110 carries and added six catches for 139 yards. Whaley, who is also a Doak Walker Award candidate this year, flashed explosiveness with runs for 75, 50, 34 and 30 yards and receptions for 43, 26, 26 and 23 yards, while becoming just the fourth Razorback in school history to record two 100-yard rushing games as a freshman.