The Graham Harrell Story: Year Two

With 25 starts under his belt, Graham Harrell has the most starts of any Texas Tech quarterback since Kliff Kingsbury. As Harrell has accumulated more starts and experience, he has become a more polished and dangerous passer, although certainly not infallible. Come inside as Football Analyst Mitchell Fish gives his take on Harrell's second year as the trigger man for Mike Leach's Air Raid Offense.

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Harrell gets a solid 85-88 rating for the 2007 season. Although he improved greatly from the 2006 version of himself, he still had a nagging ability to miss-fire at the most inopportune time.

A solid, serious year, Harrell helped to improve his public image with the Sammy Baugh trophy and he should be a contender for more serious national hardware during the 2008 season.

Graham Harrell ended his 2006 season with an outstanding second half performance in the Insight Bowl as the Red Raiders took down the Minnesota Golden Gophers 44-41 in overtime.

This year, Harrell didn't have to come back after being down 31 points but he did show the same gutsy confidence in himself and his teammates that first emerged during the Insight Bowl.

Harrell threw for 5298 yards with 45 touchdowns on 468 completed passes and 644 attempts. Each category was an improvement from 2006 and the only are that Harrell didn't improve in was interceptions thrown as he threw 14 interceptions to 11 in 2006.

Harrell also improved his efficiency as he sported a 160.49 rating, greater than his 145.55 rating during 2006.

Harrell was poised this year and showed this poise as he helped to elude the blitz and sack, even though he was playing behind an offensive line that had only one returning starter.

The improvement in Harrell's numbers were impressive this year but the number of wins in the regular season improved by only one as the 2007 version of the Red Raiders went 8-4 as opposed to the 2006 edition that went 7-5.

As the Raiders head into the Gator Bowl, Harrell will need to continue his advancement and progression as a passer much as he did this year.

While he became better at getting the ball to the open player, Harrell still seems to neglect the running game at time and will force the ball into coverage, showcased by his 8 interceptions in a two week span against the University of Missouri and Colorado.

Harrell also needs to remember that there is a serious play-maker at the X position with Edward Britton lined up to the left hand side of the formation.

Look for Graham Harrell to continue his progression into a prototypical passer in the Mike Leach system in the Gator Bowl and yet another year of Spring Practice, this time with 25 (26 after the Gator Bowl) starts under his belt.


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