Dec. 9, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior running back Jerome Harrison has been named to the 2005 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team. Earlier this week Harrison was named to Sports Illustrated's All-America first team.
Harrison, a Kalamazoo, Mich. native, rushed for a school-record 1,900 yards, including a season-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 in a season (16) and touchdowns in a season (17), 200-yard games in a season (4) and rushing attempts (308).
Harrison, who leads the nation in rushing at 172.7 yards per game, was named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, signifying the nation's top running back. Harrison was in Orlando, Fla., Thursday 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 Thursday in Orlando.
Joining Harrison on the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first and second teams were 11 other Pac-10 players. USC led the way with five, including running back Reggie Bush, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and quarterbacker Matt Leinart on the first team while offensive lineman Taitusi Lutui and defensive back Darnell Bing were second-team picks. Oregon State placed wide receiver Mike Hass on the first team and kicker Alexis Serna on the second while UCLA had two first-team selections in tight end Marcedes Lewis and kick returner Maurice Drew. Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was anmed to the first team while teammate Arron Gipson, a defensive back, was a second-team selection.
The Walter Camp All-America team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 119 Division 1-A football schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Haven-based accounting firm.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
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