Major Harris to be honored at luncheon, game Thursday night

Written by Colin Dunlap on .

By Colin Dunlap | 1 p.m. Monday  

The Hill District's own -- and one of college football's best all time quarterbacks -- Major Harris, will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown and at the game against Colorado later that night.

This luncheon is in conjunction with the on-campus salute to Harris, who is being honored that night at the Colorado game for his selection into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $50 for individuals and $1,000 for a table sponsorship. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Tuesday at noon. Please contact Casey Cunningham at the Mountaineer Athletic Club to reserve tickets at 304-293-2294.

 A three-year starter at quarterback, Major Harris became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 and pass for more than 5,000 yards in a career.

 As a freshman, Harris led the Mountaineers to the 1987 Sun Bowl. The following season, the quarterback led West Virginia to an undefeated season and a match-up versus Notre Dame for the national championship in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. He accounted for 20 touchdowns that season while earning ECAC Player of the Year honors and finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.

 During his junior campaign, Harris threw for 17 touchdowns and ran for six while setting school records for most total offense and quarterback rushing yards. He was voted a First Team All-America, named the ECAC Player of the Year and finished third in Heisman voting.

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