It always helps a coach command respect from his players, especially when he joins a new team, if they know he once did it on the field too, but it really boosts that credibility if they feel he STILL has some skills. That’s clearly the case for West Virginia offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.
The 37-year-old Harrell decided to show off a bit slinging footballs down the field during practice. Players and others in attendance were instantly impressed by the perfect spiral he threw with the cannon of an arm he still possesses 9 years removed from his last opportunity as a player when he was a member of the Jets practice squad in 2013.
In case you were wondering, WVU OC Graham Harrell can still spin it: pic.twitter.com/Vqxm4VvWiB
— Joe Brocato (@joebrowvm) August 10, 2022
The defense actually had to do push-ups after this particular pass because the corner got beat on the completion.
Harrell is embarking on his first season as offensive coordinator at WVU, coming to Morgantown after serving in the same capacity at USC from 2019-2021. He was brought in, not just for his system, but for his relationship and chemistry with transfer JT Daniels.
Prior to becoming a coach, which also included stops at Oklahoma State, Washington State and North Texas, Harrell played quarterback in college at Texas Tech. He was a Heisman finalist following the 2008 season. Harrell then played one professional season in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and spent a couple years with the Green Bay Packers, including being part of their Super Bowl XLV championship team.