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SHIPPENSBURG'S ZULLI WINS 2012 HARLON HILL TROPHY
 

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 14, 2012
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FLORENCE, Ala. -- Shippensburg (Pa.) University junior quarterback Zach Zulli claimed the Harlon Hill Trophy Friday  as  the 2012 Division II College Football Player of the Year.

Zulli, the seveth underclassman to win the trophy in its 27-year history,  received 202 total points and held a 64-point margin over Missouri Western State University running back Michael Hill. Bloomsburg (Pa.) University junior running backFranklyn Quiteh was third with 101 points. 

The award winner is determined in voting by the Division II sports information directors and was presented in front of a crowd of 400 at the 27th  annual Harlon Hill Trophy award banquet at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.

The Harlon Hill Trophy is sponsored  by the City of FlorenceFlorence-Lauderdale TourismOpti-NetMarriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and Herff Jones.

Zulli, from Schwenksville, Pa., was selected the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Year and led Shippensburg to an 11-2 record and to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. He set NCAA Division II record for points responsible for in a season (336) and touchdowns responsible for in a season (56). He also tied a Division II record with 54 touchdown passes.
 

He threw for 4,747 yards and 54 touchdowns while completing 62.8 percent of his passes and throwing just 10 interceptions in 544 pass attempts this season. He leads Division II in points responsible for with 344 or 26.46 points per game. He ranks fourth in Division II in passing yards per game (365.15), third in total offense (382.38), fifth in pass efficiency (165.25) and ninth in completions per game (26.31).

Zulli is the third Hill Trophy winner from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, joining Irvin Sigler of Bloomsburg (1997) and Jimmy Terwilliger of East Stroudsburg (2005). His 202 points in this year's voting is the highest since 2008 and is the ninth highest total in the award's 27-year history. Hill's 138 points marked the second highest vote total ever for a runner-up and was actually higher than the point totals received by six previous winners. 

With Zulli first and Quiteh third, it marked just the fourth time that two student-athletes from the same conference finished in the Top Three. 

Following Zulli, Hill and Quiteh in the voting were junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M  (68 points), senior quarterback Taylor Housewright of Ashland University (64), sophomore quarterback Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State University (61), senior running back Derrick Washington of Tuskegee University (48) and senior wide receiver Chris Bowden of Wingate University (32). 


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The Hill Trophy is named for a former UNA player - Harlon Hill - who was a standout with the Lions from 1950-53 before going on to fame in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears. 
North Dakota State quarterback Jeff Bentrim won the initial Hill Trophy in 1986, before Texas A&M-Kingsville running back Johnny Bailey won three straight Hill trophies from 1987-89. 
Another North Dakota State quarterback, Chris Simdorn, claimed the 1990 award, followed by Pittsburg State's Ronnie West in 1991 and Ronald Moore in 1992, New Haven running back Roger  Graham in 1993,  Valdosta State quarterback Chris Hatcher in 1994, North Alabama linebacker Ronald McKinnon in 1995 , Truman State running back Jarrett Anderson in 1996, Bloomsburg running back Irvin Sigler in 1997, Emporia State running back Brian Shay in 1998 , Northern Colorado  quarterback Corte McGuffey in 1999, Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner in 2000 and 2001, and Grand Valley State quarterback Curt Anes in 2002.  University of North Alabama senior quarterback Will Hall claimed the trophy in 2003. Colorado-Mines quarterback Chad Friehauf took the trophy in 2004, East Stroudsburg's Jimmy Terwilliger in 2005, Chadron State's Danny Woodhead in 2006 and 2007 and Abilene Christian's Bernard Scott in 2008. Wayne State (Mich.) running back Joique Bell won the 2009 Hill Trophy, followed by Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski in 2010 and Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph last year. . 

2012 HILL VOTE TOTALS
TOTAL 1st 2nd 3rd
Points Player Place Place Place
202 Zach Zulli JR QB Shippensburg 52  14 18
138 Michael Hill SR RB Missouri Western State 23 26 17
101 Franklyn Quiteh JR RB Bloomsburg 8 27 23
68 Dustin Vaughan JR QB West Texas A&M 10 14 10
64 Taylor Housewight SR QB Ashland 7 14 15
61 Kevin Rodgers SO QB Henderson State 7 12 16
48 Derrick Washington SR RB Tuskegee 10 4 10
32 Chris Bowden SR WR Wingate 2 8 10


* 119 total ballots cast





HILL, QUITEH AND ZULLI INVITED TO 2012 HARLON HILL BANQUET 
AS TOP THREE FINISHERS

FLORENCE, Ala. --  The voting has concluded for the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year Award, and while the results of that voting won't be announced until December 14, three players have received invitations to attend the 27th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet for the naming of the top player in Division II. 
Senior running back Michael Hill of Missouri Western State University, junior running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg University (Pa.) and junior quarterback Zach Zulli of Shippensburg University (Pa.) have emerged as the top three vote-getters from a field of eight finalists in voting by the sports information directors at the 169 schools that compete in Division II football. 
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 for the 2012 Hill Trophy were nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and those nominations were then reviewed by the Hill Regional Advisory Committees, which trimmed the list of candidates.
National voting concluded on  November 29  and  the  top three finishers are invited to the Shoals for the presentation banquet. The winner of the 2012 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the Harlon Hill Trophy and  Division II Football Hall of Fame  Banquet on Friday, December 14 in Florence, prior to the NCAA Division II Football Championship Game on Dec. 15. The banquet will include the induction of two of the division's all-time greats into the Division II Football Hall of Fame as former Kutztown University linebacker John Mobley and former Fort Valley State University (Ga.) defensive back Tyrone Poole comprise the Hall's Class of 2012. Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased by calling Judy Keenum at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce at (256) 764-4661.
Hill, from St. Joseph, Mo., is the 2012 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Offensive Player of the Year after helping lead Missouri Western to a 12-1 record, an MIAA championship and into the quarterfinal of the Division II playoffs where the Griffons face Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday. Hill has carried the ball 282 times this season for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns. He averages 7.32 yards per carry and 176.75 yards per game. He currently ranks second in Division II in rushing, fifth in all-purpose yards (188.92) and 15th in scoring (9.50). He rushed for at least 116 yards in all 12 games that he played in this season
Quiteh, from Tobyhanna, Pa., leads Division II in rushing this season with an average of 176.8 yards per game. He has carried the ball 287 times for 2,121 yards and 24 touchdowns and has averaged 7.4 yards per carry. He rushed for more than 100 yards in every game in 2012 and has a current streak of 17 straight games with 100 yards or more. He rushed for more than 200 yards four times this season and his career numbers stand at 5,328 yards rushing with 58 touchdowns. A first-team All-PSAC selection for the third straight year, Quiteh helped lead Bloomsburg to a 10-2 record this fall and into the NCAA Division II playoffs. 
Zulli, from Schwenksville, Pa., is the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Year and led Shippensburg to an 11-2 record and to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. He set NCAA Division II record for points responsible for in a season (336) and touchdowns responsible for in a season (56). He also tied a Division II record with 54 touchdown passes. He threw for 4,747 yards and 54 touchdowns while completing 62.8 percent of his passes and throwing just 10 interceptions in 544 pass attempts this season. He leads Division II in points responsible for with 344 or 26.46 points per game. He ranks fourth in Division II in passing yards per game (365.15), third in total offense (382.38), fifth in pass efficiency (165.25) and ninth in completions per game (26.31)
Other finalists for the 2012 award were senior wide receiver Chris Bowden of Wingate University (N.C.), senior quarterback Taylor Housewright  of Ashland University (Ohio), sophomore quarterback Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State University (Ark.),  junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M University. and senior tailback Derrick Washington of Tuskegee University (Ala.). 
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The initial Harlon Hill Trophy was won by North Dakota State quarterback Jeff Bentrim in 1986, followed  by  Texas A&M-Kingsville runningback 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 and Valdosta State University quarterback Chris Hatcher in 1994. North Alabama linebacker Ronald McKinnon became the first defensive player to win the award when he claimed the Hill Trophy in 1995.
Truman State University running back Jarrett Anderson won the 1996 award and Bloomsburg University running back Irvin Sigler claimed the Hill Trophy in 1997 award. Running back Brian Shay of Emporia State won in 1998, followed by Northern Colorado quarterback Corte McGuffey in 1999 and Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner in 2000 and 2001, and Grand Valley State quarterback Curt Anes in 2002.  The 2003 trophy was awarded to North Alabama quarterback Will Hall, and Chad Friehauf of the Colorado School of Mines won the 2004 award. East Stroudsburg's Jimmy Terwilliger claimed the 2005 Hill Trophy as a junior and Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead won the 2006 and 2007 Hill Trophies to become just the third two-time winner. Running back Bernard Scott of Abilene Christian won the 2008 Hill Trophy, followed by running back Joique Bell of Wayne State (Mich.) in 2009, Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski in 2010 and Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph in 2011. 

 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy Top Three 
(alphabetical order)
Pos. Ht Wt Cl School Hometown
Michael Hill RB 5-11 205 SR Missouri Western State St. Joseph, Mo.
Franklyn Quiteh RB 5-10 203 JR Bloomsburg Tobyhanna, Pa.
Zach Zulli QB 6-2 188 JR Shippensburg Schwenksville, Pa.

Other 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy Finalists
Pos. Ht Wt Cl School Hometown
Chris Bowden WR 6-3 215 SR Wingate Forsyth, Ga.
Taylor Housewright QB 6-2 215 SR Ashland Ashland, Ohio
Kevin Rodgers QB 6-3 215 SO Henderson State Rockwall, Texas
Dustin Vaughan QB 6-5 220 JR West Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas
Derrick Washington TB 6-0 215 SR Tuskegee Raymore, Mo.

* Final rankings for all finalists will not be released until the Harlon Hill Trophy Banquet on Dec. 14, 2012.

 

 

 

 

EIGHT FINALISTS NAMED FOR  HILL TROPHY
AS NCAA DIVISION II FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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FLORENCE, Ala. --  A field of 24 candidates has been trimmed to eight national finalists in regional voting for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.

The finalists were selected by the NCAA Division II sports information directors in regional voting and will now be placed on the national ballot where all 155 of the division's SIDs will select the award's 27th winner. The top two players  from each of Division II's Super Regions advanced to the national ballot. 

The list of 2012 finalists is comprised of four quarterbacks, three running backs and one receiver.

Six of the finalists helped lead their teams into the NCAA Division II playoffs this season and two of this weekend's second round playoff matchups will have Hill finalists facing each other.

Advancing from Super Region 1 are junior running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg University (Pa.) and junior quarterback Zach Zulli of Shippensburg University (Pa.). 

Super Region 2 is represented by senior wide receiver Chris Bowden of Wingate University (N.C.) and senior tailback Derrick Washington of Tuskegee University (Ala.). 

The top vote getters in Super Region 3 are senior running back Michael Hill of Missouri Western State University and sophomore quarterback Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State University (Ark.). They will lead their respective teams against each other Saturday in the second round of the Division II playoffs. 

Advancing from Super Region 4  are senior quarterback Taylor Housewright  of Ashland University (Ohio) and junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M University. They will also face off Saturday in the Division II playoffs. 

National voting will conclude on November 29  and  the top three finishers will be invited to the Shoals for the presentation banquet. 

The winner of the 2012 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 27th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 14 at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. This year’s Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 14th  induction  into the Division II Football Hall of Fame. 

Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased by calling the Shoals Chamber of Commerce at (256) 764-4661. 

The NCAA Division II Championship Game is scheduled for December 15 at Florence’s Braly Municipal Stadium at noon.

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.

Bowden, from Forsyth, Ga., was selected South Atlantic Conference co-Offensive Player of the Year and was one of just three Division II receivers to record more than 100 catches in the 2012 regular season. He caught 106 passes for 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns and had seven games with more than 100 receiving yards. His top game of the season was 262 yards on 16 catches against Mars Hill and he averaged 9.64 catches and 122.09 receiving yards per game .

Hill, from St. Joseph, Mo., is the 2012 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Offensive Player of the Year after helping lead Missouri Western to an 11-1 record, an MIAA championship and into the second round of the Division II playoffs. He rushed for 187 yards on 24 carries last weekend in leading the Griffons to a three-overtime win over Minnesota-Duluth in an opening round playoff game and now has 1,996 rushing yards on 269 carries this season. He has carried the ball 269 times and averages 7.4 yards per carry and 166.3 yards per game. He has added 16 pass receptions for 186 yards and three scores. 

Housewright, from Ashland, Ohio, is the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year and has led Ashland to a GLIAC Championship and a perfect 11-0 record entering a home playoff game Saturday against West Texas A&M. He set an NCAA Division II record earlier this year with 377 consecutive passes without an interception and has thrown for 2,905 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. He has completed 221 of 324 pass attempts for a 68.2 completion percentage and has thrown just one interception all season. He has added 190 rushing yards and one TD. 

Quiteh, from Tobyhanna, Pa., leads Division II in rushing this season with an average of 176.8 yards per game. He has carried the ball 287 times for 2,121 yards and 24 touchdowns and has averaged 7.4 yards per carry. He tushed for more than 100 yards in every game in 2012 and has a current streak of 17 straight games with 100 yards or more. He rushed for more than 200 yards four times this seasin and his career numbers stand at 5,328 yards rushing with 58 touchdowns. A first-team All-PSAC selection for the third straight year, Quiteh helped lead Bloomsburg to a 10-2 record this fall and into the NCAA Division II playoffs. 

Rodgers, from Rockwall, Texas, was unanimously selected Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading Henderson State to a perfect 10-0 record and a GAC title. Entering this weekend's second round playoff game against Missouri Western State, he has thrown for 3,590 yards and 40 touchdowns this season, completing 68 percent of his passes and throwing just eight interceptions in 344 pass attempts. He also has one rushing touchdown. 

Vaughan, from Corpus Christi, Texas,  is the 2012 Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year and has helped lead the Buffaloes to a 10-2 record entering Saturday's second round playoff game at Ashland. He has thrown for 3,821 yards and 37 touchdowns and completed 64.5 percent of his passes. He averages 318.4 passing yards per game. 

Washington, from Raymore, Mo., has helped lead Tuskegee to a 9-1 record in 2012 while rushing for 1,399 yards and  13 touchdowns. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry this season and rushed for more than 100 yards in a game six times, and more than 200 yards three times. In his last two outings of the regular season he rushed for 208 yards against Miles and 224 against Fort Valley. He also caught 13 passes for 210 yards and a score and also threw a TD pass this season. Washington was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and SIAC Player of the Year, while helping lead Tuskegee to the conference championship. 

Zulli, from Schwenksville, Pa., is the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Year and last weekend led Shippensburg to its first NCAA playoff win since 1991. Entering this weekend's second round game at Winston-Salem State, he has thrown for 4,529 yards and 53 touchdowns. He has completed 65 percent of his 488 pass attempts and has thrown just seven interceptions. He averages throwing for 377.4 yards per game while helping lead Shippensburg to an 11-1 record. 

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The initial Harlon Hill Trophy was won by North Dakota State quarterback Jeff Bentrim in 1986, followed  by  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 and Valdosta State University quarterback Chris Hatcher in 1994. North Alabama linebacker Ronald McKinnon became the first defensive player to win the award when he claimed the Hill Trophy in 1995.

Truman State University running back Jarrett Anderson won the 1996 award and Bloomsburg University running back Irvin Sigler claimed the Hill Trophy in 1997 award. Running back Brian Shay of Emporia State won in 1998, followed by Northern Colorado quarterback Corte McGuffey in 1999 and Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner in 2000 and 2001, and Grand Valley State quarterback Curt Anes in 2002.  The 2003 trophy was awarded to North Alabama quarterback Will Hall, and Chad Friehauf of the Colorado School of Mines won the 2004 award. Terwilliger claimed the 2005 Hill Trophy as a junior. 

Chadron State's Danny Woodhead won the Hill Trophy in 2006 and 2007, joining Bailey and Bonner as the only multiple winners of the award. Abilene Christian's Bernard Scott won the 2008 Hill Trophy, followed by Wayne State's (Mich.) Joique Bell in 2009, Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski in 2010 and Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph last year. 


2012 Harlon Hill Trophy Finalists


Pos. Ht Wt Cl School Hometown

Chris Bowden WR 6-3 215 SR Wingate Forsyth, Ga.

Michael Hill RB 5-11 205 SR Missouri Western State St. Joseph, Mo.

Taylor Housewright QB 6-2 215 SR Ashland Ashland, Ohio

Franklyn Quiteh RB 5-10 203 JR Bloomsburg Tobyhanna, Pa.

Kevin Rodgers QB 6-3 215 SO Henderson State Rockwall, Texas

Dustin Vaughan QB 6-5 220 JR West Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas

Derrick Washington TB 6-0 215 SR Tuskegee Raymore, Mo.

Zach Zulli QB 6-2 188 JR Shippensburg Schwenksville, Pa.


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TWENTY FOUR CANDIDATES VIE FOR HILL TROPHY
AS 2012 NCAA DIVISION II FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

FLORENCE - Ala. -- A total of 24 candidates are in the running for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. 

The list of candidates was announced Friday morning by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee and includes six 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 24 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 17.

The winner of the 2012 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 27th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 14 at the Florence Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. This year’s Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 14th  induction  into the Division II Football Hall of Fame. 

Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased by calling the Shoals Chamber of Commerce at (256) 764-4661. 

The NCAA Division II Championship Game is scheduled for December 15 at Florence’s Braly Municipal Stadium at noon.

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 were initially nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and those nominations were then reviewed by the Hill Regional Advisory Committees, which trimmed the list of candidates.

The group of 24 candidates includes nine quarterbacks, eight running backs, five receivers, a linebacker and a defensive lineman. There are 14 seniors, nine juniors and one sophomore. 

Among the players vying for the 2012 award from the Super Regional 1 are senior wide receiver Tyron Laughinghouse of St. Augustine’s University (N.C.), senior quarterbackKevin Morton of Kutztown University (Pa.), junior running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg University (Pa.), senior quarterback Kameron Smith of Winston-Salem State University (N.C.), senior running back Harvie Tuck of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and junior quarterback Zach Zulli of Shippensburg University (Pa.)

Candidates from Super Regional 2 are senior wide receiver Chris Bowden of Wingate University (N.C.), junior wide receiver Gerald Ford of Valdosta State University (Ga.), senior linebacker Corey Jones of Lane College (Tenn.), senior quarterback David Thomas of Miles College (Ala.), senior defensive end Ridge Wilson of the University of West Alabama and senior tailback Derrick Washington of Tuskegee (Ala.).

Super Regional 3  is represented by junior wide receiver John Brown of Pittsburg State University (Kan.), senior quarterback Tyler Eckenrode of Emporia State University (Kan.), senior running back Michael Hill of Missouri Western State University, junior quarterbackPhillip Klaphake of St. Cloud State University (Minn.), sophomore quarterback Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State University (Ark.) and senior running back Rayon Simmons of Winona State University (Minn.).  

Selected from Super Regional 4 are junior running back Kay Fiecher of the University of Indianapolis (Ind.), senior running back Joe Glendening of Hillsdale College (Mich.), senior quarterback Taylor Housewright of Ashland University (Ohio), junior running back Keidrick Jackson of Midwestern State University (Texas), junior wide receiver Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.) and junior quarterback Dustin Vaughn of West Texas A&M University. 

Only two of this year’s candidates - Morton and Glendening - were also candidates a year ago. 

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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 and Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph won in 2011.

2012 Harlon Hill Trophy Candidates

SUPER REGIONAL 1
(
Pos., Ht, Wt, Cl) - School - Hometown
Tyron Laughinghouse - (WR, 6-3, 175, SR) - St. Augustine’s - Greenville, N.C.
Kevin Morton - (QB, 6-2, 210, SR) - Kutztown - Abington, Pa.
Franklyn Quiteh - (RB, 5-10, 203, JR) - Bloomsburg - Tobyhanna, Pa.
Kameron Smith - (QB, 5-11, 190, SR) - Winston-Salem State - Garner, N.C.
Harvie Tuck - (RB, 5-9, 215, SR) - Indiana, Pa. - Akron, Ohio
Zach Zulli - (QB, 6-2, 188, JR) - Shippensburg - Schwenksville, Pa.

SUPER REGIONAL 2
(Pos., Ht, Wt, Cl) - School - Hometown
Chris Bowden - (WR, 6-3, 215, SR) - Wingate - Forsyth, Ga.
Gerald Ford - (WR, 6-3, 220, JR) - Valdosta State - New Orleans, La.
Corey Jones - (LB, 6-2, 240, SR) - Lane - Compton, Calif.
David Thomas - (QB, 6-2, 216, SR) - Miles - Opelika, Ala.
Ridge Wilson - (DE, 6-4, 256, SR) - West Alabama - Louisville, Ky.
Derrick Washington - (TB, 6-0, 215, SR) - Tuskegee - Raymore, Mo.

SUPER REGIONAL 3
 (Pos., Ht, Wt, Cl) - School - Hometown
John Brown - (WR, 5-11, 171, JR) - Pittsburg State - Homestead, Fla.
Tyler Eckenrode - (QB, 6-0, 195, SR) - Emporia State - Houston, Texas
Michael Hill - (RB, 5-11, 205, SR) - Missouri Western State - St. Joseph, Mo.
Phillip Klaphake - (QB, 6-1, 196, JR) - St. Cloud State - Princeton, Minn.
Kevin Rodgers - (QB, 6-3, 215, SO) - Henderson State - Rockwall, Texas
Rayon Simmons - (RB, 5-10, 220, SR) - Winona State - University City, Mo.

SUPER REGIONAL 4
(Pos., Ht, Wt, Cl) - School - Hometown
Kay Fiecher - (RB, 5-11, 192, JR) - Indianapolis - Bluffton, Ind.
Joe Glendening - (RB, 5-10, 191, SR) - Hillsdale - East Grand Rapids. Mich.
Taylor Housewright - (QB, 6-2, 215, SR) - Ashland - Ashland, Ohio
Keidrick Jackson - (RB, 5-9, 210, JR) - Midwestern State - Arlington, Texas
Jeff Janis - (WR, 6-3, 205, JR) - Saginaw Valley State - Tawas, Mich.
Dustin Vaughan - (QB, 6-5, 220, JR) - West Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Texas

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