For A.M. Release Thursday, November 20


    FLORENCE - Ala. -- A total of 36 student-athletes from across the nation have been nominated for the 2014 Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year.
    The list of candidates was announced Thursday morning by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee.
    The list includes players from each of the four Division II Super Regions.         
    Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 168 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. The 36 initial candidates will be placed on regional ballots and the top two players from each of the four NCAA regions will advance to the national ballot when regional voting concludes on November 28.
    The winner of the 2014 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced on Friday, December 19 via a webcast and the winner will be honored at a luncheon on the University of North Alabama campus on January 9, 2015.
    The Hill Trophy is sponsored by the City of Florence, Ala., Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, Opti-Net, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and Herff Jones.
    Candidates are initially nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and are then voted on by the SIDs in their respective Super Region. The winner is then determined in a nation-wide vote of the Division II sports information directors.            The group of 36 candidates includes 20 quarterbacks, nine running backs, two receivers, three linebackers and two defensive linemen. There are 20 seniors, nine juniors and seven sophomores.

    The list of candidates for the 2014 Hill Trophy includes 2013 finalist Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State and regional candidates Matt Soltes of East Stroudsburg, Kyle Caldwell of West Alabama and Jason Vander Laan of Ferris State.

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    North Dakota State quarterback Jeff Bentrim won the initial Hill Trophy in 1986, followed by three-time winner - Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) running back Johnny Bailey - in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
    Another North Dakota State quarterback, Chris Simdorn, claimed the 1990 award, followed by Pittsburg State receiver Ronnie West in 1991, Pittsburg State running back Ronald Moore in 1992, New Haven running back Roger Graham in 1993, Valdosta State quarterback Chris Hatcher in 1994.
    North Alabama linebacker Ronald McKinnon became the first and so far only defensive player to win the award in 1995, followed by Truman State running back Jarrett Anderson in 1996, Bloomsburg University running back Irvin Sigler in 1997, Emporia State running back Brian Shay in 1998 and Northern Colorado quarterback Corte McGuffey in 1999.
    The award had its second two-time winner when Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner claimed the Hill Trophy in 2000 and 2001.
    Grand Valley State quarterback Curt Anes won the Hill Trophy in 2002, followed by North Alabama quarterback Will Hall in 2003, Colorado School of Mines quarterback Chad Friehauf in 2004 and East Stroudsburg’s Jimmy Terwilliger in 2005. Four straight Hill Trophies were won by running backs, beginning with Chadron State’s Danny Woodhead in 2006 and 2007. Abilene Christian’s Bernard Scott won in 2008, followed by Wayne State (Mich.) running back Joique Bell in 2009.
    Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski was the 2010 Hill winner, followed by Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph in 2011, Shippensburg’s Zach Zulli in 2012 and Bloomsburg’s Franklyn Quiteh in 2013.

2014 Harlon Hill Trophy Nominees

SUPER REGIONAL 1     Pos.      Ht      Wt    Cl          School            Hometown    
Brendan Boylan          QB        6-2    190    JR        Mercyhurst            Independence, Ohio
Joey Bradley               QB        6-1    190    SR        New Haven            Issaquah, Wash.
Garry Brown               WR        6-1    200    SO        California, Pa.            Columbus, Ohio
Shamar Greene           RB        5-9    185    SO        Slippery Rock            Duquesne, Pa.
Danny Guadagnoli       QB        6-1    200    SR        Bentley            Framingham, Wash.
Trevor Harman            WR        6-3    205    SR        Shippensburg            Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Steven Laurino            QB        6-0    197    SR        LIU Post            Boise, Idaho
Sean McCartney          QB        6-2    200    SR        West Chester            Doylestown, Pa.
Brian Novak                  QB        5-11    200    SO        Concord            College Park, Md.
Justin Shirk                   LB        6-0    240    SR        Bloomsburg            Harrisburg, Pa.
Matt Soltes                   QB        6-3    215    JR        East Stroudsburg        Vernon, New Jersey        

SUPER REGIONAL 2     Pos.        Ht      Wt    Cl          School            Hometown    
Kyle Caldwell                QB        5-7    165    SR        West Alabama            Dadeville, Ala.    
Michael Gruber             LB        6-3    240    SR        Brevard            Walterboro, S.C.
Andy Hibbett                RB        6-0    200    SR        Carson-Newman        Corryton, Tenn.
Nick Napolitano             DE        6-3    255    SR        Wingate            Shalotte, N.C.
Jarvis Small                  RB        5-7    206    JR        Albany State            Brunswick, Ga.
Tyler Sullivan                QB        6-3    235    SO        Delta State            Louisville, Miss.        

SUPER REGIONAL 3     Pos.        Ht       Wt    Cl        School            Hometown    
Anthony Abenoja         QB        6-3    217    SR        Pittsburg State        Overland Park, Kan.
Si’Darius Blackshire      QB        6-0    215    SR        Southern Arkansas        Carthage, Texas
Trey Heid                      QB        6-2    192    SO        Augustana            Lakeville, Minn.
Joshua Gordon              DE        6-2    250    JR        Minnesota State-Mankato    Milwaukee, Wis.
Luke Papilion                 QB        6-5    220    SO        Sioux Falls            Denver, Colo.
Kevin Rodgers               QB        6-3    215    SR        Henderson State        Rockwall, Texas
LaVance Taylor              RB        5-11    195    SR        Central Missouri        Raytown, Mo.
Terrell Watson               RB        6-2    240    SR        Azusa Pacific            Oxnard, Calif.
Romo Westbrook           FB        5-10    210    SR        Harding            Marion, Ark.

SUPER REGIONAL 4     Pos.        Ht       Wt    Cl        School            Hometown    
Geremy Alridge-Mitchell RB      5-8    203    JR        West Texas A&M        Dallas, Texas
Anthony Bilal                RB        5-7    170    JR        Lake Erie            Painesville, Ohio
Justin Dvorak                QB        6-0    200    SO        Colorado-Mines        Tomball, Texas
Nores Fradi                    LB        6-1    216    SR        Wayne State (Mich.)        Dearborn Heights, Mich.
Mitch Glasmann             QB        6-3    220    JR        Western New Mexico        Temecula, Calif.
Mark Miller                     QB        6-1    190    SR        Ohio Dominican        Cincinnati, Ohio
Verlon Reed                   QB        6-1    200    SR        Findlay            Columbus, Ohio
Anthony Taylor              TB        5-11    212    SR        Ashland            Arlington, Va.
Jason Vander Laan        QB        6-4    241    JR        Ferris State            Frankfort, Ill.
Kyle Washington            QB        6-5    205    JR        Angelo State            Humble, Texas


November 24, 2014

Regional ballots will be emailed no later than Monday, Nov. 24.

November 28, 2014
Regional ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28. The eight national finalists will be announced for release on Monday, Dec. 1.

December 3, 2014

National ballots will be emailed on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

December 13, 2014

On Saturday, Dec. 13, all final ballots will be counted.

December 19, 2014

On Friday December 19, the Harlon Hill Trophy winner will be announced via a webcast at 2:00 p.m. Central.

January 8, 2015

The winner of the 2014 Harlon Hill Trophy will be brought to Florence on Thursday afternoon, January 8.

January 9, 2015

Official presentation of the 2014 Harlon Hill Trophy at a luncheon at the University of North Alabama on Friday, January 9.


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