Graham Harrell

Graham Harrell (born May 22, 1985 in Brownwood, Texas) is a quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team.
High school
Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Harrell played at Ennis High School in Ennis, Texas, where he was coached by his father Sam Harrell. He started at quarterback for three seasons and led the Fighting Lions to a state Class 4A title as a sophomore. He also played in the 2004 Oil Bowl, receiving the offensive MVP award. By the time he graduated, Harrell ranked as the all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns in Texas high school football history.
In 2004, Harrell redshirted during his first season at Texas Tech. The next season, as backup to quarterback Cody Hodges, he played in several games, racking up 422 passing yards. Harrell started in every game of the 2006 season and, with his 4,555 passing yards, became the third-most sophomore passer in NCAA Division I-A history and first of the Big 12. The 2006 regular season, which included wins against the Texas A&M Aggies and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, ended with seven victories and five losses overall (4-4 in the Big 12) and an invitation to the 2006 Insight Bowl.

The bowl game, played in Tempe, Arizona, saw the Red Raiders struggle through the first three quarters, scoring only 14 points to the Minnesota Golden Gophers' 38. However, Tech's defense held Minnesota to zero points in the fourth quarter, while Harrell led the offense in scoring 24. In overtime, the Golden Gophers added only a field goal, but the Red Raiders scored a touchdown to win the game, 44–41, with the largest come-from-behind victory in NCAA Division I-BS bowl history.

On June 26, 2007, Maxwell Football Club president Ron Jaworski announced that Harrell had been named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award. The initial list includes 64 players. The winner will be announced on December 6, 2007. Harrell is also one of the 35 quarterbacks placed on the 2007 Manning Award watch list. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List added Harrell on August 21, 2007.

Prior to his junior season, Harrell announced that he will continue to play for the Red Raiders for the remainder of his college career instead of leaving early for the 2008 NFL Draft.

On September 27, 2007, Harrell was honored as AT&T's All-America Player of the Week. The following Sunday, he appeared ninth on the list for's Top 10 Player Race for Week Five. Teammate Michael Crabtree was also on the list. On October 11, 2007, AT&T announced that Harrell was again the AT&T All-America Player of the Week. This marked the second time in three weeks that he was honored with the award. Harrell has also been mentioned as a Heisman contender