2002 Northeast Region Candidates


Quarterback Grand Valley State

6-2, 215, Senior, Kentwood, Michigan

2002 Highlights:  He returned from a serious knee injury sustained in first-round playoff game in 2001 to start the opening game of the 2002 season.  He was named finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy for the second straight year.  He was named GLIAC Player of the Week three times this season.  He ranks 3rd in the country in pass efficiency (171.4) and 13th in total offense (263.2).  He moved into 4th on the all-time Divsion II list for touchdown passes thrown (100) and career total offense (10,692).  He ranks 5th in career pass efficiency rating (161.8) and is responsible for 116 touchdowns in his career, the second best total in Divsion II history.  He has completed 195-of-297 passes for 2,560 yards, 33 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions, completing 65.7 percent of his passes.  He has the top touchdown-to-interception ratio in Division II (6.6-1).  He recorded the top attempts (59.0) and completion-to-interception in Division II football in 2002.  He completed an average of 19.5 passes in 29.7 attempts per game.  He completed 20 or more passes five times and threw for 224 yards or more in 9-of-10 games.  He is the all-time GLIAC leader in touchdown passes thrown (91), total offense (9,746), and touchdowns responsible for (104).  He is directing an offense that leads the nation in scoring (45.5) and ranks 2nd in total offense (494.7).  He played 34 of a possible 40 quarters this season.  He has thrown 5 or more touchdowns in a game 10 times in his career, including 3 in 2002.   He is quarterback of the No. 1 ranked football team in Division II.  He led Grand Valley State to its second straight undefeated regular season and to a school-record 26 straight regular season wins, including 24 straight GLIAC wins.  He notched a 33-6 record as a starting quarterback, including 26 straight regular season wins as a starting quarterback.  

2002 Key Stats:  He has completed 195-of-297 passes for 2,560 yards, 33 touchdowns and just five interceptions.  He has thrown for 225 yards or more in 19 of his last 20 games and 9 of 10 this season.  He has thrown 3 or more touchdown passes in 15 of his last 20 regular season games, including 4 or more in 11 of 20 games.  He was named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week and third time this season after completing 17-of-20 passes for 252 yards and 5 touchdowns in two quarters and one drive against No. 19 Findlay.  He was also named GLIAC Player of the Week after completing 23-of-35 passes for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns against Indianapolis in 3 quarters.  He also rushed for a season-high 40 yards and tallied 354 yards of total offense. He played just 3 complete games this season.  

Career:  He was runner-up for the 2001 Harlon Hill Trophy and the first finalist in Harlon Hill history to garner the most first place votes but not win the award.  He was named Associated Press first-team All-American, Daktronics first-team All-American, Don Hansen's Football Gazette second-team All-American, D2football.com honorable mention All-American, Daktronics first-team All-Northeast Region, Detroit Free Press Michigan's Best, and GLIAC Player of the Year.  He was named National Football Weekly Gazette Offensive Player of the Week three times and GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week four times.  In his career, he has completed 658-of-1069 passes for 9,449 yards and 100 touchdowns.  He has rushed for 1,243 yards and 16 touchdowns on 326 carries.  He holds 32 school and GLIAC single-game, season and career records.  He has thrown just 9 interceptions in his last 751 attempts (28 games).  He set the GLIAC single-season record for touchdown passes (48) and
touchdowns responsible for (53).  GVSU is undefeated and ranked number one in the AFCA coaches poll. The team is making its second straight Division II playoff appearance.

NCAA Rankings:

Passing Efficiency: Ranks 3rd in Division II - 171.4

Total Offense: Ranks 13th in Division II - 263.2

Year Comp-Att INT TD Yds Long
2002 195-297 5 33 2,560 50


Year Rushes Yds TD Long
2002 28 119 0 18

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