Rose III on Walter Camp Award Watch List

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7/15/2016 12:54:24 PM
New Mexico State Athletic Communications

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – NM State running back Larry Rose III has been named as one of the forty “players to watch” for the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2016 Player of the Year award, announced the foundation on Friday. The Walter Camp Award is the nation’s fourth oldest individual college football accolade.

After leading the Sun Belt Conference with 1,651 rushing yards on 240 carries and being named the SBC’s Offensive Player of the Year, Rose III was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. The sophomore was the only SBC student-athlete chosen for this honor following the 2015 season and was the first Aggie to be selected since Karl Dean, who earned Third Team in both 1974 and 1975.

After rushing for 1,102 yards as a freshman, Rose III became the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher for the Aggies since Denvis Manns. Manns rushed for over 1,000 yards each of his four years in Crimson and White (1995-1998).

A native from Fairfield, Texas, Rose III broke the all-time single season rushing record 10 weeks into the 2015 season as he rushed for 191 yards against UL Lafayette. Overall, Rose III finished the season ranked sixth all-time in the SBC in single season rushing yards.

Rose III completed the season with three 200-yard rushing games and seven 100-yard rushing games. He rushed for a career-high 260 yards at Rio Grande rival New Mexico, but the highlight of his season was a 212-yard, four touchdown rushing performance against Idaho on Oct. 31. He scored two touchdowns in the final 3:56 of the game and then added a touchdown in extra time to lift the Aggies to victory.

Rose III also led the conference with 1,934 all-purpose yards. Overall, he racked up four 200-yard all-purpose games and nine 100-yard all-purpose games. Rose III earned two consecutive SBC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week awards after spectacular performances against Idaho and Texas State.

In addition, Rose III amassed 283 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 30 receptions. This included a flat-pattern pass, which he carried 77 yards for a touchdown at Texas State.