The Ghost: All-American and Award finalist

THE GHOST, Jerome Harrison of Washington State, was today named one of three finalists for the 2005 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's premier running back. Harrison already has been named to at least one All-American team. This season he rushed for more yards than anyone has in WSU program history. The Cougar and his offensive line lead the nation in total rushing yards.

In addition to being named one of the finalists for the Doak Walker Award, Washington State's Jerome Harrison has been named a first team All-American on at least one list, according to WSU SID Rod Commons.

"I can't tell you any more than this because it hasn't been announced but he..will be announced as a first team All-American," said Commons of Harrison.

Harrison had to shut off his cell phone Saturday with all the agents calling, saying he received roughly ten calls in a ten minute time span after the Apple Cup win Saturday.

Along with Harrison, Reggie Bush of USC, and DeAngelo Williams of Memphis, complete the trio of nominees for the Doak Walker Awards.

Harrison, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, leads the nation in total rushing yards and ranks second nationally in rushing yards per game and all-purpose yards per game.

TRACKING THE GHOST

Among Jerome Harrison's accomplishments, in addition to being the first Cougar to make the Doak Walker Award finalist list:

· National leader with 1,900 rushing yards (D. Williams, Memphis, would have to have 301 yards against Marshall Saturday to catch him)

· One of 10 players under consideration for Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year

· Ranked second nationally with 172.7 rushing yards per game (D. Williams, Memphis, needs 129 yards next Saturday to maintain his lead in per-game average

· Ranks second nationally with 192.1 all-purpose yards

· Pac-10 record holder with 14 consecutive 100-yard games, averaging 172.5 ypg in those 14 games

· WSU single-season record holder, breaking 20-year record of All-American Rueben Mayes

· Four 200-yard games in 2005, five in his brief WSU career, both WSU records

· Fifth on the WSU career rushing list despite playing just two seasons

· Fifth-best single-season total in history of Pac-10

· 2005 total of 1900 yards ranks 20th on the all-time NCAA single-season list

· WSU record 16 rushing touchdowns, which ranks 16th in Pac-10 history and is a WSU record

· Holds a 50-yard per game lead on nearest Pac-10 running back

· Just the third running back to gain over 100 yards against USC in last 42 games (at time of game)

· Ties WSU record (Steve Broussard) with 17 total touchdowns in a season (16 rushing, 1 receiving)
With 1,900 rushing yards in 2005, Harrison passed Corey Dillon (1,695), Charles White (1,859) and O.J. Simpson (1,880) to move into fifth place all-time on the Pac-10 list for single season rushing yards. Harrison finished this season with 2,113 all-purpose yards, second on WSU's single-season list behind the great Bernard Jackson, who had 2,118 yards in 1971.

The Ghost topped the 200 yard mark four times this season on his way to racking up 16 touchdowns and setting the all-time single season rushing record at Washington State. He's run for at least 100 yards in a Pac-10 record 14 consecutive games.

In a ridiculous eight of 11 games this season, Harrison topped the century mark by halftime behind a stellar Cougar offensive line.

Four members of the offensive line, including the tight end, will return next season as seniors Nick Mihlhauser and Norvell Holmes, juniors Sean O'Connor and Charles Harris, and sophomore Bobby Byrd, along with tight ends Troy Bienemann (SR.) and Cody Boyd (JR.), plowed the road for Harrison this year.

The winner of the 2005 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards at 4 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, December 8. The presentation of the award occurs at the 2005 Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet in Dallas on Monday, February 27, 2006.

Bush, a junior from Spring Valley, California, has rushed for 1,398 yards this season. His 213 all-purpose yards per game and 8.6 yards per carry leads the nation, while he ranks third in the country in total rushing yards. He holds the Pac-10 record for all-purpose yards in a game with 513.

Williams, a senior from Wynne, Arkansas, has rushed for 1,599 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He leads the nation in per game average, rushing for 178 yards per game, and ranks second behind Harrison in total rushing yards. He's the NCAA Division IA career record holder in all-purpose yards with 7,210 and ranks fourth all-time in career rushing yards with 5,661.

The Doak Walker Award recognizes the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. Last year's recipient was Cedric Benson of Texas.

Doak Walker earned All-America honors at SMU in 1947, 1948 and 1949. During a six year pro career with the Lions, he led Detroit to NFL championships in 1952 and 1953 and was chosen All-Pro four times. In 1998, 50 years after appearing on the cover of Life Magazine, Walker passed away due to complications from a skiing accident.


Washington State Cougar Jerome Harrison, who leads the nation in rushing, ran for 1,900 yards this season, passing Corey Dillon (1,695), Charles White (1,859) and O.J. Simpson (1,880) on the all-time Pac-10 list for single season rushing yards.


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