Harrell Named AT&T Player of the Week

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell picked up an unprecedented fourth AT&T All-America Player of the Week honor Thursday for his efforts in the Red Raiders' 56-20 win over then-No. 8 Oklahoma State. Harrell picked up the honor twice last season following games at Oklahoma State and Texas and again this season after wins against Eastern Washington, Kansas State and Texas.

Graham Harrell claimed the honor Thursday after completing 40-of-50 passes for 456 yards and six touchdowns in the Red Raiders' second-straight win over a top 10 opponent. Harrell is the school's all-time passing leader with 14,759 yards and also holds records in touchdown passes (125) and touchdowns responsible for (137). He ranks third on the NCAA career passing list and trails former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer in second place by 272 yards. Harrell also is five touchdown passes away from breaking the career record set by former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.

In addition to Harrell, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and placekicker Matt  Williams also have earned the honor following wins against SMU and Kansas, respectively. Texas Tech players have won the award six of the 11 weeks this season, which includes one bye week for Tech during that stretch.

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 second-ranked Red Raiders are off this week and travel to Norman, Okla., to face the No. 4/5 Oklahoma Sooners on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be aired nationally on ABC.

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