TAKES 2003 HARLON HILL TROPHY
AS DIVISION II FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FLORENCE, Ala. -- University of North Alabama quarterback
Will Hall claimed the Harlon Hill Trophy Friday as the
Division II College Football Player of the Year- becoming
the second Lion Player to win the award in nine years.
Hall received 150 total points in the voting and 22
first-place votes, with a 35-point margin over the second
The award winner is determined in voting by the Division II
sports information directors and was presented in front of a
crowd of almost 500 at the eighteenth annual Harlon Hill
Trophy award banquet at the Florence Conference Center.
The Harlon Hill Trophy is sponsored by Coca-Cola, the City
of Florence, and Trustmark Construction.
Hall, a senior from Amory, Miss., finished he season as the
top passer in the NCAA Division II and led North Alabama to
the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs and a 13-1
season record. Hall completed a remarkable 71.8 percent of
his passes this season while throwing for 3,531 yards and
30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 467 yards and five
touchdowns on 154 carries.
He directed one of the biggest turnarounds in Division II
history, taking the Lions from 4-7 last season to 13 wins
and a Gulf South Conference title in 2003.
North Alabama linebacker Ronald McKinnon, now a standout
with the Arizona Cardinals, won the 1995 hill Trophy,
becoming the first and only defensive player to win the
The Hill Trophy is named for another 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.
St. Cloud State senior quarterback Keith Heckendorf was a
second with 115 points and 24 first-place votes, and
Nebraska-Omaha senior tailback Justin Kammrad was third with
95 points and 12 first-place votes.
Following that trio in the voting were Mansfield senior
linebacker Dan Holland at 74, Tusculum senior defensive back
Ricardo Colclough at 71, Saginaw Valley State junior
quarterback Mark Radlinski at 63, Tarelton State senior
quarterback Clif Watkins at 46, and SE Oklahoma junior
quarterback Drew Beard at 34.
A total of 34 players were initially nominated for the 2003
Harlon Hill trophy in their respective NCAA regions, with
the top two players from each of the Northeast, South,
Midwest, and West regions advancing to national voting.
Heckendorf, a senior from Mosinee, Wisc., finished third in
the 2002 Harlon Hill Trophy voting and has been a four-year
starter at St. Cloud State. He threw a touchdown pass in 22
straight games and threw for 2,905 yards and 30 touchdowns
this season. He ranks 11th nationally in total offense
(289.9) and 18th in passing efficiency. Academically, he is
a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award
recipient and an Academic All-America selection.
Kammrad, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, led Division II
in rushing this season with an average of 169.2 yards peer
game. He rushed for a school-record 1,866 yards this season
with 10 straight 100-yard games and four straight 200-yeard
games. He also ranks fifth in all-purpose yards (174.8) and
scored 14 touchdowns.
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
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, Grand Valley
State quarterback Curt Anes in 2002 and Hall in 2003.
2003 HILL VOTE TOTALS
1st 2nd 3rd
Place Place Place
150 Will Hall
QB SR North Alabama
22 31 22
Heckendorf QB SR St. Cloud State
24 17 9
Kammrad TB SR
12 19 21
LB SR Mansfield
15 7 15
Colclough DB SR Tusculum
11 12 14
Radlinski QB JR
Saginaw Valley State
10 10 13
QB SR Tarleton State
8 7 8
QB JR SE Oklahoma St.
6 5 6