Harrell Among Unitas Finalists|
Oct. 14, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell made the cut and is among 10 finalists for the prestigious Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, announced Tuesday by the organization sponsoring the honor. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., along with sponsor Transamerica, will narrow the group to five Nov. 10 and select the winner Dec. 2.
Harrell, also a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, is currently the NCAA's active passing leader and ranks fifth all-time among NCAA passers with 12,993 career yards. He also holds Texas Tech school records in career passing yards, touchdown passes (109) and touchdowns responsible for (118). Harrell leads the nation this season with 385.2 yards per game and 20 touchdown passes.
Other candidates for the award include Tom Branstater (Fresno State), Chase Clement (Rice), Chase Daniel (Missouri), Cullen Harper (Clemson), Brian Johnson (Utah), Curtis Painter (Purdue), John Parker Wilson (Alabama), Pat White (West Virginia) and Drew Willy (Buffalo).
The 2008 winner will be presented with the Golden Arm Award on Fri., Dec. 5, at the Tremont Grand Meeting & Banquet Facility in downtown Baltimore.
Previous winners include Matt Ryan, BYU (2007); Carson Palmer, USC (2002); Peyton Manning, Tennessee (1997); and Don McPherson, Syracuse (1987) in the award's first season.