Harrell Named Wuerffel Trophy Finalist|
Nov. 18, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior quarterback Graham Harrell (Ennis, Texas) was named one of 13 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, announced Tuesday by the All Sports Association, Inc., in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The national honor is bestowed on the college football player that best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
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 third on the all-time NCAA passing yardage list with 14,759 yards.
A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors and selection committee members will vote on the finalist later this month, and the winner will be formally announced Dec. 9. The 2008 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association's 40th Annual Awards Banquet on Feb. 20, 2009.
Selected from a large pool of candidates, Harrell is joined in the group by Tim Tebow (QB, Florida), Austin Starr (PK, Indiana), Mike Rivera (LB, Kansas), Tim Masthay (PK, Kentucky), Quin Harris (LB, Louisiana Tech), Chase Daniel (QB, Missouri), Todd Peterson (WR, Nebraska), Justin Paysinger (C, San Jose State), Will Chambliss (OL, Troy), Travis Dekker (TE, Air Force), Louis Sakoda (P/PK Utah) and Tim Hiller (QB, Western Michigan).
The award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the NFL and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans.