Texas Tech QB wins Earl Campbell Award for Week 3

Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:05 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com

After his standout performance Saturday in Lubbock, Texas Tech senior quarterback Nic Shimonek has been named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the third week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler vice president, announced on Tuesday.

The weekly award is the first in Shimonek’s career. He is already a member of the Earl Campbell Award’s preseason watch list for the nation’s top offensive player with ties to the state of Texas.

The Corsicana Mildred High School graduate threw six touchdown passes to help his Red Raiders defeat Arizona State 52-45 at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Shimonek was 37 of 50 with 543 yards. He has nine touchdowns with no interceptions in 80 attempts in the first two starts of his career.

Shimonek helped engineer Tech’s game-winning touchdown against the Sun Devils, leading the Red Raiders 90 yards on 12 plays late in the fourth quarter. Shimonek completed 4 of 6 pass attempts for 56 yards on that drive before Dylan Cantrell, the senior wide receiver from Whitehouse, scored on a 3-yard run with just 1:55 remaining on the clock.

It was one of a career-high three touchdowns for Cantrell, who was also recognized on the Earl Campbell Award’s honorable mention list. Cantrell finished with eight catches for a career-high 160 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Shimonek found Cantrell on a pair of touchdown strikes in the first half as the duo connected on a 29-yard pass toward the back of the end zone late in the first quarter and then a back-shoulder throw from 14 yards out just before halftime.

Over his first two starts of his career, Shimonek has shined as he is 63 of 80 (78.8 percent) for 927 yards and nine touchdowns. Among Red Raider quarterbacks since 2000, only Patrick Mahomes II (2016), the former Whitehouse and Texas Tech star now with the Kansas City Chiefs, has more passing yards through the first two games of a season than Shimonek.

Texas Tech plays its first road game on Saturday, traveling to Houston to meet the Cougars in an 11 a.m. contest.

Previous weekly winners were:

Week 1 - J.K. Dobbins, running back, Ohio State

Week 2 - Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma

Week 3 Honorable Mentions:

Dylan Cantrell, senior wide receiver, Texas Tech

Hometown: Whitehouse

High School: Whitehouse

Receiving: 8 catches for 160 yards, 2 touchdowns

Rushing: 1 carry for 3 yards, TD

Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 52-45 on Saturday in Lubbock

Tyrie Cleveland, sophomore wide receiver, Florida

Hometown: Houston

High School: Spring Westfield

Receiving: 5 catches for 93 yards including Hail Mary winning TD reception

As Florida defeated Tennessee 26-20 on Saturday in Gainesville, Florida

J.K. Dobbins, freshman running back, Ohio State

Hometown: La Grange

High School: La Grange

Rushing: 13 carries for 172 yards, 2 TDs

Ohio State defeated Army 38-7 on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Kenny Hill, senior quarterback, TCU

Hometown: Southlake

High School: Carroll

Passing: 24 of 30 passing attempts for 365 yards, 4 TDs

TCU defeated SMU 56-36 on Saturday in Fort Worth.

CeeDee Lamb, freshman wide receiver, Oklahoma

Hometown: Richmond

High School: Foster

Receiving: 4 catches for 131 yards, 2 TDs

Oklahoma defeated Tulane 56-14 on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kellen Mond, freshman quarterback, Texas A&M

Hometown: San Antonio

High School: Reagan/IMG Academy

Passing: 21 of 34 passing attempts for 301 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: 7 carries for 4 yards, TD

Texas A&M defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 45-21 on Saturday in College Station.

Steven Montez, sophomore quarterback, Colorado

Hometown: El Paso

High School: Del Valle

Passing: 29 of 41 passing attempts for 357 yards, 4 TDs, interception

Colorado defeated Northern Colorado 41-21 on Saturday in Boulder.

Dalton Sturm, junior quarterback, UT San Antonio

Hometown: Goliad

High School: Goliad

Passing: 19 of 22 passing attempts for 292 yards, 4 TDs

Rushing: 4 carries for 35 yards, TD

UT San Antonio defeated Southern 51-17 on Saturday in San Antonio.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football 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 Division I Texas college.