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Harrington named All-American twice over in one day

The honors just don’t stop pouring in for Kade Harrington.

Lamar’s potential National Offensive Player of the Year became a first-team All-American twice in one day Wednesday and for the third time this season. Just hours after STATS LLC named the junior running back to the honor, the Associated Press bestowed its similar honor on him as well.

The first-team All-America releases come six days after Harrington was named first-team All-American by College Sports Madness and nearly two weeks after American Sports Network named him its player of the year. He is one of three finalists for STATS LLC’s National Offensive Player of the Year trophy, the Football Championship Subdivision’s version of the Heisman Trophy to be awarded Jan. 8, the night before the NCAA Division I championship game in Frisco.

Harrington’s accomplishments this season alone are almost too many to count. He became the first Southland player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season (2,092) and scored 21 touchdowns in 266 carries in the process. He’s the seventh player in all of Division I (Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions) to gain 2,000 yards in 10 games.

He added to that 213 yards and two touchdowns on 14 passes.

His eight-game 100-yard rushing streak is a school record, and it includes six 200-plus yard performances, the biggest of which — 347 against Abilene Christian on Oct. 10 — is a conference record. The next week, he scored an LU-record five touchdowns at Northwestern State.

He ranks first nationally in total yards, yards per game (190.2), rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards per game (213.36). He is second in points per game (12.5) and third in yards per carry (7.86).

Harrington won the Southland Offensive Player of the Week honor three times this season and the STATS National Offensive Player of the Week twice.

 

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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