ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNER

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ERIC CZERNIEWSKI WINS 2010 HILL TROPHY 

AS DIVISION II FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR


FLORENCE, Ala. --  University  of Central Missouri senior quarterback Eric Czerniewski claimed the Harlon Hill Trophy Friday  as  the 2010 Division II College Football Player of the Year.

Czerniewski received  164 total points and held a slim six-point margin over West Liberty (W.V.) University's Zach Amedro in the closest voting in the 25-year history of the award. 

Amedro finished  second in the voting for the second straight year, this time by just six points with a 158 total.  Northwest Missouri State University senior quarterback Blake Bolles was third with 64 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 25th  annual Harlon Hill Trophy award banquet at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.

The Harlon Hill Trophy is sponsored  by the City of Florence, Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, Opti-Net, Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and Herff Jones.

Czerniewski, a senior from Montgomery City, Mo., received 35 first-place votes in the balloting to 34 for Amedro.

Czerniewski is the first quarterback to win the award since Jimmy Terwilliger in 2005, snapping a streak of four consecutive running backs selected. 

Czerniewski had previously been selected as the Daktronics Division II Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American quarterback by Daktronics and the American Football Coaches Association. 

He set Division II records this season with 5,207 passing yards, while also leading the nation with 5,203 yards of total offense and 46 touchdown passes. 

He threw for more than 300 yards 10 times this season and completed 66 percent of his 670 pass attempts. His efforts led Central Missouri to an 11-3 record, a number eight national ranking and into the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs. 

Selected Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, Czerniewski was also first-team All-MIAA quarterback, first-team Daktronics Super Region 4 quarterback and Super Region 4 Offensive Player of the Year. 

Czerniewki shattered every school and conference passing record for a season and career and finished his career with 12,847 passing yards, 1,043 career completions, and 107 career touchdown passes. 

His career passing yardage total ranks fourth best in Division II history. 

Following Czerniewski, Amedro and Bolles in the voting were sophomore quarterback Bo Cordell of Tusculum (51), sophomore quarterback Mitchell Gale of Abilene Christian (47), freshman running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg (45), senior running back Phil Milbrath of Michigan Tech (32), junior quarterback Clay Garcia of the Colorado School of Mines (25) and senior quarterback Nick Hardesty of Henderson State (20). 

Amedro, a senior from Moundsville, W.V., was also a Hil finalist in 2009 and is the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second tim.  This season he averaged 3.8 touchdown passes per game with 38 in 10 games. He completed 329-of-485 passes for 4,058 yards and averaged 32.9 completions per game to rank second nationally. Amedro was also second nationally in passing yards per game at 405.8. He is now the leading passer in NCAA Division II history, setting career records with 14,733 passing yards, 1,079 pass completions , 334.8 passing yards per game, 30 300-yard passing games, 29 300-yard total offense games ; 13 consecutive 300-yard passing games and 13 consecutive 300-yard total offense games. 

Bolles, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., has helped lead Northwest Missouri State to a 12-2 record and into the semifinals of the playoffs this season. He threw for 3,846 yards and 30 touchdowns, completing 62.8 percent of his 459 pass attempts. He also rushing for 248 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, Bolles ranks among the most efficient passers in Division II history. He is Northwest Missouri's all-time leader in passing yards (8,668) and passing touchdowns (79) and has helped lead Northwest to an MIAA-record 46 straight conference victories.  Bolles had a 26-3 record as a starter and was 7-1 in playoff starts. 

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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. 


2010 HILL VOTE TOTALS

TOTAL 1st 2nd 3rd

Points Player Place Place Place

164 Eric Czerniewski QB SR Central Missouri 35 22 15  

158 Zach Amedro QB SR West Liberty 34 24   8

  64 Blake Bolles QB SR NW Missouri State   6 16   14

  51 Bo Cordell QB SO Tusculum   6 13   7

  47 Mitchell Gale QB SO Abilene Christian   6   7 15

  45 Franklyn Quiteh RB FR Bloomsburg   6   4 19

  32 Phil Milbrath RB SR Michigan Tech   1 10   9

  25 Clay Garcia QB JR Colorado-Mines   4   4   5

  20 Nick Hardesty QB SR Henderson State   3   1   9


* 101 total ballots cast


 ALL-TIME HARLON HILL WINNERS

Year Player Pos. School Point Total

1986 Jeff Bentrim QB North Dakota State University 133

1987 Johnny Bailey RB Texas A&M University-Kingsville 106

1988 Johnny Bailey RB Texas A&M University-Kingsville 158

1989 Johnny Bailey RB Texas A&M University-Kingsville 182

1990 Chris Simdorn QB North Dakota State University 123

1991 Ronnie West WR Pittsburg State University 109

1992 Ronald Moore RB Pittsburg State University 148

1993 Roger Graham RB University of New Haven 160

1994 Chris Hatcher QB Valdosta State University 209

1995 Ronald McKinnon LB University of North Alabama 188 

1996 Jarrett Anderson TB Truman State University 207

1997 Irvin Sigler TB Bloomsburg University 208

1998 Brian Shay RB Emporia State University 303

1999 Corte McGuffey QB Northern Colorado 205

2000 Dusty Bonner QB Valdosta State University 156

2001 Dusty Bonner QB Valdosta State University 209

2002 Curt Anes QB Grand Valley State University 271

2003 Will Hall QB University of North Alabama 150

2004 Chad Friehauf QB Colorado School of Mines 194

2005 Jimmy Terwilliger QB East Stroudsburg University 121

2006 Danny Woodhead RB Chadron State 187

2007 Danny Woodhead RB Chadron State 175

2008 Bernard Scott RB Abilene Christian 253

2009 Joique Bell RB Wayne State (Mich.) 138

2010 Eric Czerniewski QB Central Missouri 164

 

 

AMEDRO, BOLLES AND CZERNIEWSKI INVITED 

TO HARLON HILL BANQUET AS TOP THREE FINISHERS

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Photos of 2010 Top Three

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 17, three players have received invitations to attend the 25th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet for the naming of the top player in Division II. 

Senior quarterback Zach Amedro of West Liberty (W.V.) University, senior quarterback  Blake Bolles of Northwest Missouri State University and senior quarterback Eric Czerniewski of the University of Central Missouri and  have emerged as the top three vote-getters from a field of nine finalists in voting by the sports information directors at the 149 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 2010 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  December 3  and  the  top three finishers are invited to the Shoals for the presentation banquet. The winner of the 2010 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 17 in Florence, prior to the NCAA Division II Football Championship Game on Dec. 18. The banquet will include the induction of coaches Ken Sparks of Carson-Newman College, Mel Tjeerdsma of Northwest Missouri State University and Bobby Wallace of the University of West Alabama 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 Judy Keenum at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce at (256) 764-4661.

Other finalists for the 2010 award were sophomore quarterback Bo Cordell of Tusculum (Tenn.) College, sophomore quarterback Mitchell Gale of Abilene Christian (Texas) University, junior quarterback Clay Garcia of the Colorado School of Mines, senior quarterback Nick Hardesty of Henderson State University, senior running back Phil Milbrath of Michigan Tech University and freshman running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg (Pa.) University. 

Amedro, a senior from Moundsville, W.V., was also a Hil finalist in 2009 and is the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second tim.  This season he averaged 3.8 touchdown passes per game with 38 in 10 games. He completed 329-of-485 passes for 4,058 yards and averaged 32.9 completions per game to rank second nationally. Amedro was also second nationally in passing yards per game at 405.8. 

He is now the leading passer in NCAA Division II history, setting career records with 14,733 passing yards, 1,079 pass completions , 334.8 passing yards per game, 30 300-yard passing games, 29 300-yard total offense games ; 13 consecutive 300-yard passing games and 13 consecutive 300-yard total offense games. 

Bolles, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., has helped lead Northwest Missouri State to a 12-1 record and into the semifinals of the playoffs this season. He has thrown for 3,705 yards and 29 touchdowns, completing 62.8 percent of his passes. He has thrown just eight interceptions in 430 pass attempts, while also rushing for 213 yards and five touchdowns. 

For his career, Bolles ranks among the most efficient passers in Division II history. He is Northwest Missouri's all-time leader in passing yards (8,527) and passing touchdowns (78) and has helped lead Northwest to an MIAA-record 46 straight conference victories.  

Czerniewski, a senior from Montgomery City, Mo., is the 2010 Mid-America Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and the first-team All-MIAA quarterback. He is the nation’s fourth-ranked passer with an average of 371.9 yards per game. His 5,207 total passing yards and 46 touchdown passes this season are tops in the country. 

He completed 447 of 670 pass attempts and had a 66.7 completion percentage, while leading Central Missouri to an 11-3 record and into the quarterfinals of the playoffs. This season, he threw for more than 300 yards 10 times, and more than 260 yards in every game. 

He is ranked first in MIAA history with more than 12,847 passing yards and became the league's total offense leader as well. He also has 107 career TD passes and 1,043 career pass completions.  

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 and running back Joique Bell of Wayne State (Mich.) claimed last year's Hill Trophy. 

 2010 HARLON HILL TROPHY TOP THREE

(listed alphabetically)

Pos. Ht Wt Cl School Hometown

Zach Amedro             QB 6-0 200 SR West Liberty Moundsville, W.V.

Blake Bolles                QB 6-4 210 SR NW Missouri State Lincoln, Neb.

Eric Czerniewski         QB 6-0 190 SR Central Missouri Montgomery City, Mo.


2010 HARLON HILL TROPHY OTHER FINALISTS

Pos. Ht Wt Cl School Hometown

Bo Cordell                 QB        6-1 195 SO Tusculum Cincinnati, Ohio

Mitchell Gale             QB 6-2 220 SO Abilene Christian Alva, Okla.

Clay Garcia               QB 6-0 200 JR Colorado-Mines Alamosa, Colo.

Nick Hardesty          QB        6-0 210 SR Henderson State Salina, Kansas

Phil Milbrath            RB 5-9 200 SR Michigan Tech Norway, Mich.

Franklyn Quiteh       RB 5-10 197 FR Bloomsburg Tobyhanna, Pa.

 


NINE FINALISTS NAMED FOR  HILL TROPHY
AS NCAA DIVISION II FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FLORENCE, Ala. --  A field of 24 candidates has been trimmed to nine national finalists in regional voting for the 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 148 of the division's SIDs will select the award's 25th winner. The top two players  from each of Division II's Super Regionals advance to the national ballot, but three players advanced from Region 4 due to a tie in the voting. 

The list of 2010 finalists is comprised of seven quarterbacks and two running backs.
Five of the finalists helped lead their teams into the NCAA Division II playoffs this season and one of this weekend's second round playoff matchups will have Hill finalists facing each other.

Advancing from Super Regional 1 are senior quarterback Zach Amedro of West Liberty (W.V.) University and freshman running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg (Pa.) University.

Super Regional 2 is represented by sophomore quarterbacks Bo Cordell of the Tusculum (Tenn.) University and senior quarterback Nick Hardesty of Henderson State (Ark.) University. 

The top vote getters in Super Regional 3 were Colorado School of Mines junior quarterback Clay Garcia and Michigan Technological University senior running back  Phil Milbrath. 

Advancing from Super Regional 4 are Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Blake Bolles,  University of Central Missouri senior quarterback Eric Czerniewski and Abilene Christian University sophomore quarterback Mitchell Gale. All three of these quarterback's teams are still alive in the playoffs and Czerniewski and Gale will face each other in the second round of the playoffs this Saturday.
Amedro is a finalist for the second straight year. He finished second in the 2009 voting behind Wayne State's Joique Bell.   Four of the nine finalists are underclassmen and include just the third freshman finalist in the award's 25-year history.

National voting will conclude on December 3  and  the   top three finishers will be invited to the Shoals for the presentation banquet. 


The winner of the 2010 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 25th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 17 at the Florence Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. This year’s Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 12th  induction  into the Division II Football Hall of Fame, with Ken Sparks, Mel Tjeerdsma and Bobby Wallace becoming the first coaches to be inducted. 
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 18 at Florence’s Braly Municipal Stadium at 10 a.m.

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.
There were 31 candidates 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.

Amedro, a senior from Moundsville, W.V., was also a Hil finalist in 2009.  He is now the leading passer in NCAA Division II history, setting career records with 14,733 passing yards, 1,079 pass completions , 334.8 passing yards per game, 30 300-yard passing games, 29 300-yard total offense games ; 13 consecutive 300-yard passing games and 13 consecutive 300-yard total offense games. This season he has averaged 3.8 touchdown passes per game this season, with 38 in 10 games. He completed 329-of-485 passes for 4,058 yards. 

Bolles, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., ranks among the most efficient passers in Division II history. He is Northwest Missouri's all-time leader in passing yards (7,921) and passing touchdowns (72) and has quarterbacked the Bearcats to a 10-1 record and into the second round of the playoffs. He has helped lead Northwest to an MIAA-record 46 straight conference victories. He has almost 8,000 career passing yards and has thrown 72 TD passes. 

Cordell, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the 2010 South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference pick. He leads the  NCAA Division II in passing, throwing for a school and SAC record 4,657 yards. That is the third highest total in NCAA Division II history. He threw for 38 touchdowns this season and his 394 completions rank second best in Division II history. 

Czerniewski, a senior from Montgomery City, Mo., is the 2010 Mid-America Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and the first-team All-MIAA quarterback. He is the nation’s fourth-ranked passer with 4,518 yards and 38 touchdown passes and has completed 68 percent of his passes. He has led Central Missouri to a 10-2 record and into the second round of the playoffs. This season, he has thrown for more than 300 yards 10 times, and more than 260 yards in every game. He is ranked first in MIAA history with 12,158 passing yards and became the league's total offense leader with 12,284 yards. He also has 99 career TD passes.  

Gale,  a sophomore from Alva, Okla, is third in the nation in passing efficiency (167.3) and 17th in total offense per game (300.6 yards per game). He also leads the nation in touchdown-to-interception ratio with 33 touchdown passes against just two interceptions. He led the Wildcats – ranked No. 2 in the country and No. 1 in Super Region Four – to the first 11-0 regular season in program history and the team's second Lone Star Conference championship in the last three seasons. He will also lead Abilene Christian into the second round of the playoffs this weekend.

Garcia, a junior from Alamosa, Colo., led Colorado School of Mines to a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship and was a first-team All-RMAC selection. He threw for 300-or-more yards in eight of his team's 12 games and had three 400+ yard passing games. He threw three or more TD passes in nine of 12 games and ranks third nationally in TD passes with 39. He led his team to the first round of the NCAA playoffs as well.

Hardesty, a  senior from Salina, Kan., is the 2010 Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year and set set school records during the season. He threw for 4,007 yards for an average of 368.3 yards per game. He also had 30 TD passes. Hardesty had eight games with 300 or more yards passing.

Milbrath, a  senior from Norway, Mich., is the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Back of the Year. He had eight 100-yard rushing games, including two 250-yard rushing games. He rushed for 293 yards and two touchdowns against then No. 1 ranked Grand Valley State in an upset win. He finished the regular season ranked second nationally in rushing at 141 yards per game, fifth nationally in all-purpose yards with 178.7 and eight in scoring at 9.6. 

Quiteh, a  freshman from Tobyhanna., leads Division II in rushing yards per game with 156.9 yards per game. His single season total of 1,883 yards, which is second most in all of college football this season, is third best in school history behind former Harlon Hill finalist Jamar Brittingham and former Harlon Hill winner Irv Sigler. He needs just 117 yards to become just the third freshman in D-II history to top 2,000 yard rushing in a season. He has scored 21 touchdowns on the season and has also rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 of 12 games. He also has three games with more than 200 yards. Quiteh was named the PSAC East Freshman of the Year and first team All-PSAC East. 

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 23rd Hill Trophy and last year Wayne State's (Mich.) Joique Bell became the award's 24th winner. 


2010 HARLON HILL TROPHY FINALISTS
                               Pos.Ht  Wt Cl   School Hometown
Zach Amedro         QB 6-0 200 SR West Liberty Moundsville, W.V.
Blake Bolles           QB 6-4 210 SR NW Missouri State Lincoln, Neb.
Bo Cordell              QB 6-1 195 SO Tusculum Cincinnati, Ohio
Eric Czerniewski    QB 6-0 190 SR Central Missouri Montgomery City, Mo.
Mitchell Gale          QB 6-2 220 SO Abilene Christian Alva, Okla.
Clay Garcia             QB 6-0 200 JR Colorado-Mines Alamosa, Colo.
Nick Hardesty         QB 6-0 210 SR Henderson State Salina, Kansas
Phil Milbrath           RB 5-9 200 SR Michigan Tech Norway, Mich.
Franklyn Quiteh      RB 5-10 197 FR Bloomsburg Tobyhanna, Pa.

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TWENTY FOUR CANDIDATES VIE FOR HILL TROPHY

AS 2010 NCAA DIVISION II FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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FLORENCE - Ala. -- A total of 24 candidates are in the running for the 2010 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College
Football Player of the Year.

The list of candidates was announced Thursday by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee.


The list includes six players from each of Division II’s four Super Regionals.
Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 148 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 19.

The winner of the 2010 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 25th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 17 at the Marriott Shoals  Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 12th induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame, with Ken Sparks, Mel Tjeerdsma and Bobby Wallace becoming the first coaches to be inducted.

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 18 at Florence’s Braly Municipal Stadium at 10 a.m.
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.

There were 31 candidates 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.

Among the 2010 candidates are three players who were also candidates a year ago. West Liberty
University quarterback Zach Amedro was a national finalist in 2009 and Mars Hill College running back
Jonas Randolph and Southwest Baptist University quarterback Steve Gachette were regional candidates last season.

The group of 24 candidates includes 15 quarterbacks, seven running backs, one receiver and one
linebacker. There are 13 seniors, six juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

Among the players vying for the 2010 award from the Super Regional 1 are Amedro, a senior
quarterback from West Liberty (W.V.) University, senior linebacker Matthew Freed of East Stroudsburg
State (Pa.) University, sophomore quarterback Kevin Morton of Kutztown (Pa.) University, senior quarterback
Josh Portis of California University, Pennsylvania, freshman running back Franklyn Quiteh
of Bloomsburg (Pa.) University and senior tailback Walter Sanders of St. Augustine’s College.

Candidates from Super Regional 2 are sophomore quarterback Bo Cordell of Tusculum (Tenn.)
College, junior quarterback Cody Haffly of Wingate (N.C.) University. senior quarterback Nick Hardesty
of Henderson State (Ark.) University, junior quarterback Stanley Jennings of Albany State (Ga.)
University, junior running back Jonas Randolph of Mars Hill (N.C.) College and senior quarterback
Deon Williams of the University of West Alabama.

Super Regional 3 is represented by junior quarterback Clay Garcia of Colorado School of Mines,
senior wide receiver Kyle Kaiser of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, junior tailback Jesse Lewis of
Colorado State University-Pueblo, senior running back Phil Milbrath of Michigan Tech University, junior
running back Josh Renel of Wayne State (Mich.) University and senior quarterback Troy Weatherhead
of Hillsdale (Mich.) College.

Selected from Super Regional 4 are freshman running back Josh Birmingham of the University
of Central Oklahoma, senior quarterback Blake Bolles of Northwest Missouri State University, senior
quarterback Eric Czerniewski of the University of Central Missouri, senior quarterback Steve Gachette
of Southwest Baptist University, sophomore quarterback Mitchell Gale of Abilene Christian University
and senior quarterback Taylor Harris of West Texas A&M University.

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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. The last four Hill Trophies have been won by running backs, beginning with Chadron State’s Danny Woodhead in 2006 and 2007. Abilene Christian’s Bernard Scott won in 2008 and Wayne State (Mich.) running back Joique Bell was the 2009 winner.

2010 Harlon Hill Trophy Candidates
SUPER REGIONAL 1 Pos. Ht    Wt     Cl   School                   Hometown
Zach Amedro             QB   6-0   200   SR   West Liberty            Moundsville, W.V.
Matthew Freed           OLB  6-0   215   SR   East Stroudsburg     Souderton, Pa.
Kevin Morton             QB   6-1   190   SO   Kutztown                Abington, Pa.
Josh Portis                QB   6-4   205    SR   California (PA)        Woodland Hills, Calif.
Franklyn Quiteh         RB   5-10  197   FR   Bloomsburg             Tobyhanna, Pa.
Walter Sanders          TB   5-11  215   SR   Saint Augustine’s       Baltimore, Md.

SUPER REGIONAL 2   Pos.   Ht      Wt    Cl    School              Hometown
Bo Cordell                 QB     6-1    195   SO  Tusculum             Cincinnati, Ohio
Cody Haffly               QB     6-1    210   JR   Wingate               Locust Grove, Ga.
Nick Hardesty            QB     6-0    210   SR   Henderson State   Salina, Kansas
Stanley Jennings       QB     6-2     235   JR   Albany State        Marietta, Ga.
Jonas Randolph        RB      5-10   185   JR   Mars Hill             Daleville, Ala.
Deon Williams          QB      5-11   224   SR   West Alabama    Tuscaloosa, Ala.

SUPER REGIONAL 3   Pos. Ht   Wt     Cl   School                     Hometown
Clay Garcia                   QB  6-0   200   JR   Colorado-Mines        Alamosa, Colo.
Kyle Kaiser                   WR  6-0   175   SR   Nebraska-Kearney    Broomfield, Colo.
Jesse Lewis                  TB   5-6   178   JR   Colorado-Pueblo      Loveland, Colo.
Phil Milbrath                 RB   5-9   200   SR   Michigan Tech        Norway, Mich.
Josh Renel                   RB   5-8   187   JR   Wayne State (Mich.) Rochester Hills, Mich.
Troy Weatherhead        QB   6-3   223   SR   Hillsdale                 Grand Rapids, Mich.

SUPER REGIONAL 4  Pos. Ht      Wt     Cl    School                   Hometown
Josh Birmingham         RB    5-8    185   FR   Central Oklahoma    Luther, Okla.
Blake Bolles                QB     6-4    210   SR   NW Missouri State   Lincoln, Neb.
Eric Czerniewski          QB     6-0   190   SR   Central Missouri       Montgomery City, Mo.
Steve Gachette            QB     6-1   187   SR   Southwest Baptist     Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Mitchell Gale              QB      6-2   220   SO  Abilene Christian      Alva, Okla.
Taylor Harris             QB      6-3   220   SR   West Texas A&M      Whitesboro, Texas
 

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