Graham Harrell Not Chosen as Heisman Finalist - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/10/08

Graham Harrell Not Chosen as Heisman Finalist

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Texas Tech senior quarterback Graham Harrell is not one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. It was announced Wednesday evening that Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Colt McCoy of Texas, and Tim Tebow of Florida are the three finalists.

Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach's comment pertaining to Graham Harrell's exclusion from the Heisman Trophy invitation list:

"If Graham is not invited to the Heisman, they ought to quit giving out the award. It is a shameless example of politics ruling over performance. The other guys are deserving, but he has earned a place alongside them."

Also missing from the list is TTU wide receiver Michael Crabtree.  The winner of the Heisman will be named Saturday night.

Texas Tech provided the following list of Harrell's season honors:

  • American Football Coaches Association All-American (one team named)
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
  • National Football Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient
  • Draddy Award Finalist
  • Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Finalist (one of three)
  • Maxwell Award Finalist (one of three)
  • Academic All-Big 12 First Team
  • Four-Time AT&T All-America Player of the Week
  • Three-time Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors
  • National Statistics:  4,747 passing yards (second), 130 passing touchdowns (active career leader), 163.0 passing efficiency (ninth); one INT in every 81 pass attempts (first; over 400 attempts)
  • Holds numerous NCAA records
  • Engineered wins over three-straight ranked programs, including back-to-back wins over No. 1 Texas and No. 8 Oklahoma State

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