Graham Harrell Listed On The College Football Hall of Fame Ballot
Hall of Famer Graham Harrell? It sounds pretty good and a title worthy of the former Texas Tech quarterback who set numerous records while playing at Texas Tech. On Monday, Harrell was named to the 2024 ballot for induction into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame.
This is actually Graham Harrell's second time to appear on the ballot. In 2022, he joined fellow former Red Raider wider receiver Michael Crabtree on the list. Crabtree received the votes needed and was enshrined this past December.
For Harrell, this will be his second time to appear on the ballot. Harrell torched opposing defenses when he ran the offence on the field. As a press release from Texas Tech Athletics states, Harrell racked up the stats and wins as the Red Raiders QB.
Harrell previously threw for 5,705 yards through the air in 2007, which ranks third all-time in NCAA FBS history and second in school history only to fellow Red Raider signal caller B.J. Symons. To this day, Harrell remains Texas Tech's career leader for passing yards, touchdown passes (134), pass attempts (2,062), completions (1,403), passing yards per game (350.9), 300-yard games (32) and 400-yard games (20). He still ranks third in NCAA history for career touchdown passes and fourth for career passing yards.
Harrell was one of 78 former players from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) selected for possible induction along with nine longtime coaches, a list that includes three former Texas Tech head coaches in Jim Carlen (1970-74), Pete Cawthon (1930-40) and Tommy Tuberville (2010-12). Carlen compiled a 37-20-2 record in his five seasons leading the Red Raiders, which was highlighted by an 11-1 campaign in 1973 that earned him National Coach of the Year honors. He was a three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year recipient after leading Texas Tech to a bowl appearance in four of his five seasons.
Texas Tech has six players in the College Football Hall of Fame. E.J. Holub, Donny Anderson, Dave Parks, Gabe Rivera, Zach Thomas, and Michael Crabtree. Former Texas Tech head coach Jerry Moore is also in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Harrell hopes to join them this year.
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