Harrell Among Draddy Award Finalists|
Oct. 29, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior quarterback Graham Harrell (Ennis, Texas) was named one of 15 National Scholar-Athlete winners by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame and is a finalist for the Draddy Award, which will be presented at the annual NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Harrell and the other finalist will be honored on the dais along with inductees in this year's College Football Hall of Fame class, including Texas Tech great Dave Parks and former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman. The Draddy Trophy, which is considered by many as the academic Heisman, will be awarded to one of the 15 finalists. The winner will be presented a $25,000 scholarship.
Selected from 164 semifinalists, Harrell is joined in the group by Andrew Berry (Harvard), Ryan Berry (South Dakota State), Chase Daniel (Missouri), Brian Freeman (Carnegie Mellon), Casey Gerald (Yale), Quin Harris (Louisiana Tech), Jeff Horinek (Colorado State), Ryan Kees (St. Cloud State), Alex Mack (California), Ryan McDonald (Illinois), Greg Micheli (Mount Union), Darryl Richard (Georgia Tech), Brian Robiskie (Ohio State) and Louie Sakoda (Utah).
Harrell, who graduated in December 2007 with a degree in history, is currently working toward a master's degree in education. He earned his undergraduate degree in three and half years. On the field, Harrell is the nation's leading passer and is the NCAA's active career leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He is fourth on the all-time NCAA passing yardage list with 13,829 yards.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player of significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.