Dec. 7, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior running back Jerome Harrison has been named to Sports Illustrated's All-America first team. Additionally, junior receiver Jason Hill was named honorable mention by the publication.
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 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, has been named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team and was named one of three finalists for the 2005 Doak Walker Award, signifying the nation's top running back. He is also one of 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Joining Harrison on Sports Illustrated's All-America first team were five other Pac-10 players, including a trio of USC players, running back Reggie Bush, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and offensive lineman Taitusi Lutui, along with Oregon's defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and UCLA punt returner Maurice Drew.
Hill led the Cougars this past season with 62 catches for 1,097 yards and a school-record 13 touchdown receptions. The junior averaged 109.7 yards per game, fourth nationally, and posted six catches for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns at California. He was named to the All-Pac-10 second team for the second straight season last month and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver.
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