Jerome Harrison officially Mr. All-American

DREW BLEDSOE DIDN'T do it. Neither did Jack Thompson. Not even Mel Hein or Turk Edwards. But today, Cougar senior running back Jerome Harrison became a consensus All-American. With news that he has earned first-team AA honors from The Sporting News, Harrison becomes just the fifth Cougar of all time to earn consensus All-America status.

Defensive lineman Rien Long (2002), kicker Jason Hanson (1989), guard Mike Utley (1988) and running back Rueben Mayes (1984) were the others. The records need to be verified, but running back/defensive back Clancy Williams (1964) may belong on that list as well.

Over the past two weeks Harrison has been named to seven All-America first teams, along with two second-team selections.

First-team honors on the AP, Football Writers and The Sporting News All-America teams make Harrison a consensus choice, which requires first-team selections on three of the five major All-America teams: Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Harrison, a Kalamazoo, Mich., native, rushed for a school-record 1,900 yards, and was a top 10 finisher in Heisman Trophy balloting.

He rushed for 100-plus yards in all 11 games in 2005 and, dating back to last season, rushed for 100 yards in a Pac-10-record 14 straight contests.

The 5-10, 200-pounder, who last month was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team, also set or tied nine single-season school records, including rushing touchdowns (16), touchdowns (17), 200-yard games (4) and rushing attempts (308).

Harrison, who leads the nation in rushing with his 1,900 yards, was named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, signifying the nation's top running back. Harrison was in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month for the 2005 ESPN College Football Awards Show, where the Doak Walker Award was presented to USC's Reggie Bush. Additionally, Harrison was one of 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, which was also awarded to Bush.

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