Harrison Named To Sporting News All-America First Team

Dec. 20, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - The postseason honors continued Tuesday for Washington State running back Jerome Harrison when the senior was named to the 2005 The Sporting News All-America first team, his seventh All-America first team selection.

Over the past two weeks Harrison has been named to All-America first teams by the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, SI.com, ESPN.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com, along with second-team selections from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Coaches Association.

With his first-team honors on the AP, Football Writers and Sporting News All-America teams, Harrison becomes just the fifth Cougar to earn consensus All-America status. Defensive lineman Rien Long (2002), kicker Jason Hanson (1989), guard Mike Utley (1988) and running back Rueben Mayes (1984) were the other consensus All-Americans, which requires first-team selections on three of the five major All-America teams: Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Harrison, a Kalamazoo, Mich., native, rushed for a school-record 1,900 yards, including a career-best 260 yards against UCLA. He rushed for 100-plus yards in all 11 games in 2005 and dating back to last season, rushed for 100 yards in a Pac-10-record 14 straight contests. Harrison, who last month was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team, also set or tied nine single-season school records, including rushing touchdowns (16), touchdowns (17), 200-yard games (4) and rushing attempts (308).

Harrison, who leads the nation in rushing with his 1,900 yards, was named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, signifying the nation's top running back. Harrison was in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month for the 2005 ESPN College Football Awards Show, where the Doak Walker Award was presented to USC's Reggie Bush. Additionally, Harrison was one of 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, which was also awarded to Bush in Orlando.

Joining Harrison on The Sporting News All-America first team were six other Pac-10 players, including three from USC: Bush, who was also named the Player of the Year, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and offensive lineman Taitusi Lutui. UCLA kick returner Maurice Drew and tight end Marcedes Lewis, and Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were the other first-team selections.

-- wsucougars.com --

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