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11/12/08

Red Raider Roster Hosts Two Heisman Hopefuls

Graham Harrell's powerful passes and Michael Crabtree's tiptoe touchdowns finally have the respect and attention of the entire nation as both are candidates for the Heisman award this year.

"It is the best Tech team we have seen," Mack Brown, Longhorn Head Coach, said. But it's the best player in college football who will be awarded the coveted Heisman Trophy.

John W. Heisman, a pioneer of modern day football, is the namesake for the award, but not the face of the statue. That's Ed Smith, a leading player on the 1934 New York University Team.

The first award was given in 1935 to Chicago Football player Jay Berwanger. Since then 72 awards have been given. Currently, Harrell and Crabtree sit atop the list of candidates for the 74th.

Pick any person on the Texas Tech campus and you'll get one of three answers - Crabtree, Harrell or both. Well, so far there's never been two at one time so that option can be ruled out. But both have a good chance at the award.

People across the country can vote to decide who the next Heisman winner will be. The total number of votes varies from year to year, but there are typically around 900 sports journalists who vote, all living Heisman winners can vote and, in recent years, one fan vote will count towards the award.

To get that fan vote, Texas Tech has put together www.passorcatch2008.com, a website devoted to getting the word out about Crabtree and Harrell. It's modeled after the recent presidential campaign with signs and even political ads.  

To be part of the official Heisman Trophy fan vote, click here.

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