Harrington Chosen Finalist For Nation's Top Quarterback Award

Nov. 27, 2001

FORT WORTH, Texas - University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington was one of three finalists chosen for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback.

The Portland senior, who has led the Ducks to a 9-1 record and a berth in one of the four Bowl Championship Series contests, is joined by Nebraska's Eric Crouch and Florida's Rex Grossman as finalists for the award, with the winner to be announced Thursday, Dec. 6, in Orlando, Fla., as part of ESPN's Home Depot 2001 College Football Awards show (6-8 p.m. PST). All three quarterbacks also will be honored at the 25th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner Feb. 12, 2002, in Forth Worth, Texas.

The award honors Davey O'Brien, a former Texas Christian quarterback who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship, and is selected by the O'Brien Advisory Committee comprised of a panel of nationally known sportswriters and commentators. He became the first player to win the Heisman, Walter Camp and Maxwell trophies in one season.

Harrington, who yesterday was named the Pacific-10 Conference's offensive player of the year, ranks fifth in the country in total points responsible for (18.2 avg.) and 19th in passing efficiency. He has completed 175 of 300 passes for 2,310 yards and 23 touchdowns, ranking second in the Pac-10 in scoring passes and fourth in total offense (240.0 avg.). Yet he is known as much for his leadership skills, which have resulted in him posting a 23-3 record as an Oregon starter and nine career fourth-quarter comebacks. In addition, he is a candidate for Verizon Academic All-America honors with a 3.23 grade-point average in business administration.

Oregon closes its regular season Saturday, hosting Oregon State at 1:30 p.m. (PST) in Autzen Stadium.

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