Harrell Leads AFCA All-America Squad|
Dec. 4, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell was named to the American Football Coaches Association's All-America first team Thursday, leading the 11-member team that also includes fellow Red Raiders OG Brandon Carter and WR Michael Crabtree. The trio's appearance on the team marks the most first-team All-Americans in one season in school history.
Harrell is the first quarterback since former Red Raider Jack Kirkpatrick's honorable mention All-America honor in 1953 to earn All-America status at any level. The Tech senior has thrown for 4,747 yards and 41 touchdowns this season and is the NCAA active leader in career touchdown passes (130) and touchdowns responsible for (142). Harrell leads the nation in passing and has NCAA records in career 300-yard passing games (32) and 400-yard passing games (20).
Crabtree is one of three players on the offensive and defensive teams making a return appearance from 2007. A unanimous consensus All-American last season, Crabtree has 93 receptions for 1,135 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. He set the school career receiving yardage record in the final regular season game last weekend and has 3,097 for his career.
A leader along the offensive front, Carter helped provide a formidable barrier for Harrell to work behind. The offensive line allowed only 11 sacks on the season in 604 pass attempts and the led the country with only one sack allowed per every 55 pass attempts. The running game flourished as well behind the efforts of Carter and his line mates as Texas Tech rushed for 100 yards in 10 games for the first time since 1979. Carter allowed one sack throughout the course of the season.