This season, Graham Harrell led the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a nearly flawless season. He also put up some pretty big numbers. So, why wasn't he invited to attend the Heisman Trophy presentation?
This year is quite possibly one of Harrell's best. He threw 568 times and completed 406 of them, an average of 71.5% complete, better than Heisman winner, Sam Bradford's 68.3%.
If it's because Harrell is not a rushing quarterback, that's wrong. He ran for -58 yards this year, but don't forget his six rushing touchdowns, better than Bradford's five rushing touchdowns.
Harrell has an excellent passer rating, 163.0. Although all of the athletes invited to the Heisman presentation are better, why turn someone down who is this solid?
Harrell has 41 passing touchdowns on the year, better than Heisman runner-ups, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy.
Finally, Harrell threw for 4,747 yards this year. Better than ALL of the Heisman finalists.
Some may say it's because Texas Tech had a weak schedule. Tell me, is playing 4 ranked teams, 3 in the top ten, in a row weak? Yes, they got slaughtered by the Sooners, but that is the most brutal 4 weeks anyone had. They put a beating on then ranked #19 Kansas. They upset then ranked #1 Texas. They destroyed then ranked #8 Oklahoma State. All of these wouldn't have happened if Harrell wasn't Texas Tech's quarterback.
Mike Leach can tell you, better than anyone, why this happened. "If Graham is not invited to the Heisman, they ought to quit giving out the award. It is a shameless example of politics ruling over performance."
WHY I'M SEMI-HAPPY GRAHAM HARRELL DIDN'T GO: (no offense, Graham)
So you're probably like,"WHAT?!?!?! How the heck are you semi-happy?!?!!" Well, it's simple. I was taking a trip with my family to Disney World when an awards show was happening. We decided to go to the ESPN Club (as usual, the service was crappy and the food average.) But guess who showed up? That's right, Graham Harrell was at the ESPN Club the same day I was. I got to meet him, talk to him a little bit, talk to his mom a little bit, shake his hand, etc. Graham Harrell is my favorite player, above may be a little biased towards him ;). I will never forget that day. But Graham, I really wish you could've been there.