Dec. 16, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State seniors Jerome Harrison and Will Derting have been selected to play in the 81st annual East-West Shrine Game, it was announced Friday by executive director Jack Hart. After 80 years of playing in San Francisco, the 2006 East-West Shrine Game moves to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, January 21 at 3 p.m.
Harrison, a Kalamazoo, Mich. native, rushed for a school-record 1,900 yards last fall, 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 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 with 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., last 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.
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.
Derting missed much of the season after suffering a knee injury late in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon State. After missing the next five games, he returned to see limited action in the final two contests, including a five-tackle performance in WSU's victory over Washington in the Apple Cup. Derting finished his Cougar career with 260 career tackles, tied for 13th all-time, while his 32 tackles for loss are fifth on WSU's career list.
A preseason candidate for numerous national honors, including the The Lott Trophy, the Butkus Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award, Derting received All-Pac-10 postseason honors for the third straight season, earning honorable mention honors in 2005, despite playing just three Pac-10 games.
Texas A&M Head Coach Dennis Franchione will lead the West squad while Arkansas coach Houston Nutt will be running the East squad.
The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest collegiate all-star game in the country. The game is played to raise money and awareness for the 22 Shriner Hospitals, which provide orthopedic and burn care at no cost to children across the country. To date, the game has raised over $14 million and has treated over 750,000 children.
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