Tech Duo Among Maxwell Semifinalists|
Nov. 6, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Big 12 Conference's most prolific pass-catch duo is among 15 players listed as semifinalists for the 72nd Maxwell Award, announced Wednesday by Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski. Mike Leach, head coach of the second-ranked Red Raiders, is one of 15 coaches vying for the George Munger Award.
WR Michael Crabtree and QB Graham Harrell have combined for 37 career touchdowns, including 15 this season, and lead the nation's top-ranked passing offense. The pair connected on arguably the play of the year in college football as Harrell hit Crabtree on a 28-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining in Tech's 39-33 win over then-No. 1 Texas. Texas Tech is one of two schools with more than one player on the list. Missouri's Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin also are on the list.
Leach has guided Texas Tech to a 9-0 record, its best start in 70 years. Overall, the ninth-year head coach is 74-37 during his career on the South Plains and is two wins shy of tying former Tech coaching great Pete Cawthon in second place on the school career wins list. Leach's teams have continually ranked among the best in college football in passing and total offense, and boast one of the country's top 10 rush defenses this season.
The announcement of the winner of the Maxwell Award will be made during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show that will be broadcast on ESPN on Thu., Dec. 11. Three finalists for the award will be in attendance for the ESPN broadcast. The Maxwell Football Club will announce the winner of the 20th George Munger Award via press release in December. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner, schedule for Fri., March 6, 2009, at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, N.J.
Texas Tech hosts No. 8 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium. The game will be aired nationally on ABC with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters calling the action.