Oct. 2, 2013
DAVINDSON, N.C. -
Lamar head football coach Ray Woodard knew he had a special talent in Kade Harrington during preseason camp when he realized he was too talented to redshirt. Now the rookie running back is starting to turn heads on a national level. Harrington has been added to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List announced CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith Wednesday afternoon. Harrington is one of only 32 freshmen nationally, and one of only two in the Southland Conference, who have been named to the list.
"Our original plan was to redshirt Kade coming into this season," said Woodard. "But we realized very early during camp that he wasn't going to allow us to do that. He was impressive from the first day, and has improved ever since. Kade is just a hard-working young man, who enjoys playing the game."
Currently sixth in the Southland Conference in rushing, Harrington is the league's leading freshman running back averaging better than 68 yards per game, with an impressive 5.6 yards per carry. Harrington had a breakout game against Bacone College carrying the ball seven times for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown. His 143 rushing yards equaled the 10th-best single-game rushing total in school history, and was the most by a Cardinal since former All-American Burton Murchison rushed for 154 against Louisiana-Monroe (Northeast Louisiana) in 1987.
Harrington also recorded the longest run of his career, and one of the longest in school history, against Bacone. Harrington recorded a 72-yard scamper against the Warriors. His 72-yard run was one of two that went for at least 50 yards in the game
Harrington enters the Southland Conference opener only 264 yards shy of becoming the school all-time leading rusher for a freshman. The current record, 607 yards (Sammy Carpenter) was set during the 1951 season.
The Cards return to action Saturday, Oct. 12, when they travel to Huntsville, Texas to take on Sam Houston State. The game against the Bearkats is slated to begin at 2 p.m. from Bowers Stadium.