Joey Harrington Finishes Fourth In Heisman Balloting

Dec. 8, 2001

NEW YORK - Eric Crouch almost quit the team, now the Nebraska quarterback is the Heisman Trophy winner in one of the most unpredictable races in the history of the award.

Crouch, who briefly left the team three years ago when he lost the starting job, capped a sensational career by keeping the Huskers in the national title race all season. A 62-36 loss to Colorado two weeks ago ended Nebraska's run at a perfect season.

Crouch won the award Saturday night, beating out Florida quarterback Rex Grossman.

Crouch, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior from Omaha, Neb., ran for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns, passed for 1,510 yards and seven scores and even caught a 63-yard TD pass in a big win over Oklahoma. He's one of only three major college quarterbacks to run for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards in a career.

Grossman was second, with Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey third and Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington fourth in the fourth-closest race in the Heisman's 67-year history.

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