Harrell Named AT&T All-America Player Of The Week|
Nov. 6, 2008
Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell picked up an unprecedented fifth AT&T All-America Player of the Week honor Thursday for his efforts in the Red Raiders' 39-33 win over then-No. 1 Texas last weekend. Harrell picked up the honor twice last season following games at Oklahoma State and Texas and again this season after Tech wins against Eastern Washington and at Kansas State.
Harrell claimed the honor Thursday after completing 36-of-53 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns against the Longhorns. He capped off the game with a 67-yard drive in the final minute and a half, culminating with a 28-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree.
Harrell is the school's all-time passing leader with 14,303 yards and also holds records in touchdown passes (119) and touchdowns responsible for (131). He ranks third on the NCAA career passing list.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year Award will be announced during a one-hour special on ESPN in conjunction with the announcement of the AT&T ESPN All-America Team as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. 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 through the BCS. Voting ends at noon ET on Jan. 6, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX on Jan. 9.
Last year, Texas Tech freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree was honored as the AT&T All-America Player of the Year, edging Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida, Arkansas' Darren McFadden and Virginia's Chris Long. Voting for the 2007 AT&T All-America Player of the Year was the highest total in the four-year history of the award.
The second-ranked Red Raiders host No. 8 Oklahoma State on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ABC.