We have reached single digits in our countdown and today we honor truly one of the all-time great Mountaineers, former quarterback, Major Harris (was there any doubt?).
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Major spent the 1987 -1989 seasons as the signal caller for the Mountaineers. Years ahead of his time, Major was one of the first dual-threat quarterbacks and paved the way for college athletes like Michael Vick and Pat White (among others). The unquestioned leader of the undefeated (regular season) 1988 team team, Major electrified the crowds with his dazzling runs and long bombs to Mountaineer receivers. To this day, many feel he may have led WVU over Notre Dame, if he hadn't gotten injured in the 1989 Fiesta Bowl. Over his career, he totaled 5173 passing yards and 41 touchdown passes to go along with 2161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. Twice he finished in the top five of the Heisman Trophy voting before leaving school after his junior season. Major Harris was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.