Harrell claimed the honor Thursday for the second time this season after he led the seventh-ranked Red Raiders to a 58-28 win over Kansas State. Harrell threw six touchdown passes in 454 yards and ran one touchdown in himself during the victory. He received close to 39 percent of the votes to beat out University of Illinois quarterback Juice Williams (29 percent), Army fullback Collin Mooney (22 percent) and University of North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter (10 percent). Each of the players was nominated by ESPN for this week's award based on their outstanding performances last weekend.
"AT&T congratulates Graham for his tremendous performance for the Texas Tech football team last week, and we wish him the best of luck throughout the season," said Tim McGhee, executive director of national sponsorships for AT&T's wireless unit. "College football draws the most passionate fans, and this award gives them the chance to select the AT&T All-America Player of the Week all season long."
In the win, Harrell set new school standards in career passing yardage (12,709) and career total offense (12,539), breaking the previous marks held by Kliff Kingsbury (1999-02). Additionally, Harrell ranks seventh all-time among NCAA quarterbacks and has completed 107 touchdown passes and accounted for 115 scores overall.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year Award will be announced during a one-hour special on ESPN in conjunction with the announcement of the AT&T ESPN All-America Team as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Fans will then get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year through the BCS. Voting ends at noon ET on Jan. 6, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX on Jan. 9.
Last year, Texas Tech freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree was honored as the AT&T All-America Player of the Year, edging Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida, Arkansas' Darren McFadden and Virginia's Chris Long. Voting for the 2007 AT&T All-America Player of the Year was the highest total in the four-year history of the award.
The 5-0 Red Raiders continue the 2008 season Saturday against Nebraska at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on FSN. The game also is sold out.