Former Tech, Packers QB Harrell Named NT Offensive Coordinator
Littrell Begins Assembling Staff, Hires Joel Filani Wide Receivers Coach
Former Texas Tech and Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell was named North Texas offensive coordinator on Friday. (photo courtesy Rick Wood, Journal Sentinel)
DENTON - New Mean Green head football coach Seth Littrell has begun assembling his coaching staff with the hires of Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator and Joel Filani as wide receivers coach, North Texas announced Friday.
Both assistant coaches come to Denton from Washington State, where Harrell was the outside receivers coach and Filani was offensive quality-control coach.
"I'm very excited with to have Graham and Joel join us here at North Texas," Littrell said. "They are exactly the types of coaches that we are looking for and both are very familiar with Texas. We can't wait to get them started."
Harrell, who was a record-setting quarterback at Ennis High School and at Texas Tech University, spent two seasons at Washington State. He was promoted to outside receivers coach in 2015 and helped lead the Cougars to an 8-4 season and a berth in the Sun Bowl.
Harrell coached wide receiver Gabe Marks, who was a Pac-12 first-team all-conference selection in 2015 and led the conference in receptions and touchdown receptions and was second in receiving yards per game. He set a Washington State single-season record with 14 receiving touchdowns. Harrell also coached wide receiver Dom Williams, who earned honorable-mention honors after hauling in 73 catches for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Washington State led the nation in passing offense in 2015, throwing for 397 yards per game.
As a player, Harrell was quarterback at Texas Tech from 2004-08 under then-assistant coach Littrell, finishing his career with an NCAA-record 134 touchdown passes, the second-most career yards (15,793) in NCAA history and with the third-highest career-passing average with 350.96 yards per game.
As a junior, the Ennis, Texas, native was an All-Big-12 Conference second-team selection and Gator Bowl MVP, finishing the year with a school-record 5,707 passing yards, the second-highest season total ever in the NCAA FBS ranks, to go along with 48 touchdown passes.
In each of his three seasons as a starter, Harrell's passing yardage placed in the Top 25 all-time at the FBS level (21st in 2006 with 4,555 yards and sixth in 2008 with 5,111 yards). As a senior, Harrell was named AT&T's All-America Player of the Year, and was a First-Team All-American after leading the country with 5,111-passing yards while tossing 45 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.
Harrell played the 2010 season in Canadian Football League before spending three seasons (2010-12) with the Green Bay Packers, earning a Super Bowl in ring in 2010.
Filani joins the Mean Green after one season with Washington State, where he was part of the Cougar offense that led the nation in passing in 2015, and two seasons with Boise State as an offensive graduate assistant.
As a player, Filani was a wide receiver under Leach at Texas Tech from 2003-06, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2005 and 2006. He caught 65 passes for 1,007 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, and had 91 receptions for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.
He was selected in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans in the 2007 National Football League Draft, and was also a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2007-09. Filani also played for the Chicago Rush of the Arena League in 2011.