Harrington Chosen Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year
Nov. 27, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Quarterback Joey Harrington, who has led Oregon to a share of a second straight Pacific-10 Conference championship for the first time in school history, has been named the league's offensive player-of-the-year in a vote of the conference's head football coaches.
Harrington has led the Ducks to a 9-1 record and a Bowl Championship Series berth as they ready for Saturday's regular-season finale vs. Oregon State. He also has helped Oregon climb to its highest national ranking ever - fourth in the latest Associated Press poll and fifth by the USA Today/ESPN coaches.
The Portland native was one of three Oregon players to receive first-team all-conference notoriety, joining senior tight end Justin Peelle and junior Keenan Howry, with the latter standout earning accolades both as a wide receiver and punt returner. Peelle was one of three players to receive unanimous approval by all 10 league coaches.
Four Oregon players received second-team all-conference affirmation - Onterrio Smith as both a running back and kickoff returner, senior Wesly Mallard as a linebacker and special teams player, running back Maurice Morris and cornerback Rashad Bauman - while eight players earned honorable mention.
Heading that group were offensive linemen Jim Adams, Joey Forster and Ryan Schmid, as they were joined by defensive linemen Zack Freiter and Seth McEwen, linebacker Kevin Mitchell as well as defensive backs Keith Lewis and Steve Smith.
It marks the second time in four years an Oregon quarterback has been voted the Pac-10's top offensive standout, with Akili Smith sharing the 1998 honors with UCLA quarterback Cade McNown. However Harrington becomes the Ducks' sixth first-team all-conference quarterback honoree in the last 17 years, doubling the total over the league's No. 2 producers of signal callers, USC.
Harrington, who was twice named the Pac-10's offensive player of week for his play this year vs. Arizona and Arizona State, ranks fifth in the country in total points responsible for (18.2 avg.) and 19th in passing efficiency. He has accumulated a 23-3 career record as a starter while leading the Ducks to nine fourth-quarter comebacks, completing 175 of 300 passes for 2,310 yards and 23 touchdowns.