After completing the 2014 season as an offensive analyst for Washington State, Graham Harrell has been promoted to wide receivers coach.
For Cougars fans, this news is very exciting. Harrell and head coach Mike Leach were able to create offensive magic together in the past, and the hope is that adding Harrell to the coaching staff will allow them to re-create that same magic in Pullman.
When Leach was the head coach at Texas Tech, he and Harrell maintained one of the most potent offenses in the entire country. As the quarterback at Tech, Harrell threw for 16,000 yards and 134 touchdowns. Though he didn’t quite make it as a professional, his prolific numbers in college were no fluke.
Harrell has spent his professional career primarily as Aaron Rodgers’ backup in Green Bay, but also spent a year in the CFL. He’s also not the first of Leach’s quarterbacks to become a coach; Leach’s first quarterback at Tech, Kliff Kingsbury, now serves as the head coach for his alma mater.
This is the first time however, that Harrell will serve as an assistant coach at any level. Being familiar with the air raid style offense that Mike Leach is known for will certainly help him, but his offensively-geared mind and vast experience should make him a great assistant and asset to the Wazzu staff.
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