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The Canadian Press
7/16/2009 1:22:58 PM
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REGINA -- The NCAA Division 1 career leader in touchdown passes is headed to the CFL.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have agreed to terms with Graham Harrell, the Texas Tech star quarterback who threw 134 TD strikes during his college career.

Harrell, 24, also holds the NCAA record for completions in a season with 512, which he set in 2007. Harrell is also the only quarterback in U.S. college football history to twice amass over 5,000 yards passing in a season.

Harrell finished fourth in voting for the 2008 Heisman Trophy, given annually to the top player in U.S. college football.

Despite a prolific college career, the six-foot-two Harrell was bypassed in the 2009 NFL draft. He worked out for the Cleveland Browns but did not sign a contract with the club.

Harrell's arrival in Regina will create a logjam at quarterback. Darian Durant is currently the club's starter and is backed up by Steven Jyles and Dalton Ball. The Riders also have rookie Cole Bergguist on their practice roster.

The Roughriders (2-0) host the Montreal Alouettes (2-0) on Saturday (TSN, 3 p.m. ET) in a battle of the CFL's lone remaining undefeated teams.

Graham Harrell (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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