April 30, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jerome Harrison, a consensus All-American running back at Washington State in 2005, was selected in the fifth round of the National Football League draft Sunday, the first Cougar to be picked in the 2006 draft. Harrison was the 12th pick in the fifth round and the 145th selection overall.
Harrison, a Kalamazoo, Mich. native, is the first Cougar running back to be drafted since Steve Broussard was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (20th overall pick) of the 1990 NFL Draft.
In his two seasons at WSU, Harrison rushed for 2,800 yards, fifth all-time and the most by any two-year running back. Last season he 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 then 2004 season, rushed for 100 yards in a Pac-10-record 14 straight contests. Harrison, an All-Pacific-10 Conference first team selection last season, also set or tied nine single-season school records, including rushing touchdowns in a season (16) and touchdowns in a season (17), 200-yard games in a season (4) and rushing attempts (308).
Harrison, who was among the nation's leading running back much of the 2005 season, finished last year at 172.7 yards per game and was named one of three finalists for the 2005 Doak Walker Award, signifying the nation's top running back. Additionally, he was one of 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.