Redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi was named a semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Award on Tuesday morning.
The Earl Campbell Award is given to the best offensive player in the nation with ties to the state of Texas that also exemplify the characteristics of former Texas Heisman Award winner Earl Campbell.
Ajayi is joined by Colorado State wide receiver Rashard Higgins as semifinalist from the MW.
The Plano, Texas native ranks third nationally in total yards (1,925), all-purpose yards per game (175) and total touchdowns (23).
Fellow semifinalists include: 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 announced on Dec. 10. The winner of the Earl Campbell Award will be announced in Tyler, Texas on Jan. 14.
Ajayi is also a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s most outstanding running back.