Graham Harrell named WSU outside WR coach

WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH Mike Leach has wasted no time in replacing Dennis Simmons. According to, and later confirmed by WSU, Cougar offensive analyst Graham Harrell has been promoted to outside wide receivers coach. He replaces long-time Leach assistant Dennis Simmons, who last week became receivers coach at Oklahoma

Harrell arrived to Washington State last April as an offensive analyst, reuniting him with Leach. He spent the 2014 campaign assisting the Cougar offense with film breakdown, player evaluations and game planning. This winter, following the dismissals of Mike Breske and Paul Volero, Harrell also spent time on the road helping the WSU recruiting effort.

“Graham Harrell is a tremendous young coach and uniquely qualified to fill the role of outside receivers coach at Washington State,” Leach in a press release. “He has command of the offense from all aspects, is a great teacher and evaluator of talent, and will be a great addition to our staff.”

Harrell and Leach have a long history with one another, dating back to Harrell's playing days under Leach at Texas Tech from 2004-08.

Harrell was a record-setting quarterback at Texas Tech, finishing his career with an NCAA-record 134 touchdown passes and the second-most career yards (15,793) in NCAA history. He was named All-American as a senior and went on to play three seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

In an interview with CF.C earlier this fall, Harrell said it's always been his dream to be a football coach. Both his grandfather and father were football coaches. Now, he gets his shot at it.

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