Harrell Selected for AT&T Honor - Again!
Oct. 11, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell (Ennis, Texas) has been honored for the second time in three weeks with the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award, the only major college football award chosen exclusively by fans. Harrell will be recognized during halftime of tonight's ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Applebee's football game.
This is Harrell's third nomination and second win. He previously won in Week Four this season. Harrell completed 36-of-43 passes for 425 yards with four touchdown passes in Texas Tech's 42-17 victory over Iowa State. He also rushed for another score. Harrell received 41 percent of the votes to beat out University of Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel (39 percent), University of Michigan running back Mike Hart (15 percent) and Northwestern University quarterback C.J. Bacher (five percent).
Harrell was also nominated in week nine of the 2006 season, and was the first Red Raider in history to win the award two weeks ago. His performance helped lead the Red Raiders to a 5-1 mark overall and 1-1 record in Big 12 play."
"AT&T congratulates Graham on winning the AT&T All-America Player of the Week for a second time," said Dave Garver, executive director of Business Development and Wireless Sponsorships for AT&T's wireless unit. "Fans have only seven more weeks to make their voices heard and help select the AT&T All-America Player of the Week in the only fan-determined national college football award."
Harrell leads the nation in virtually every passing category and is averaging 460.2 yards per game. He has thrown 28 touchdown passes and is responsible for 30.0 points per game.
On the Texas Tech charts, Harrell is third in career passing yardage list and has 7,672 for his career. He trails Robert Hall in second place by 236 yards. He ranks second place with 68 career touchdown passes.
On the year, Harrell has games of 419 yards (SMU), 484 (UTEP) and 414 (Rice), 646 (Oklahoma State), 338 (Northwestern State) and last Saturday's 425 (Iowa State).
Fans can register to vote for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week throughout the season by text messaging VOTE to 87654 from a wireless phone. The four candidates for the award are revealed each Sunday on the 9 a.m. ET ESPN "SportsCenter," via text message alerts and on the Web at www.espnallamerica.com. Fans then have until 11:59 p.m. ET on the following Wednesday to participate in the voting.
There is no limit on fan voting, and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2008 BCS National Championship game in New Orleans. The AT&T All-America Player of the Week program will continue throughout the season. AT&T customers can visit AT&T's wireless NCAA® Football Portal on their handsets to view video highlights of each week's candidates, retrieve photos, check scores, track their favorite teams and download school ringtones.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year award will be announced during a one-hour special on ABC Sports, when the Football Writers Association of America All-America team will also be announced. Fans will then get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year up until the Bowl Championship Series. Voting ends Jan. 4, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX Jan. 8.
Last year, University of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn was crowned as the AT&T All-America Player of the Year after beating out Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith -- the Heisman Trophy winner -- Rutgers running back Ray Rice and Hawai'i quarterback Colt Brennan. Voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year was the highest total in the three-year history of the award.
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