2000 Winner

Dusty Bonner
Junior; Quarterback
Valdosta State University

   

After leading the nation in virtually every passing category this season,  Valdosta State University quarterback Dusty Bonner was named the fifteenth winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy Friday as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.  Bonner, a junior from Valdosta, Georgia, passed for 3,907 yards and a Division II record 54 touchdowns in 2000, while leading Valdosta State to a 10-2 record and the playoffs .  In claiming the Hill Trophy, he received 38 first-place votes and 156 total points, with a comfortable 49-point margin over his nearest competitor.  Bonner is in his first year of Division II football after transferring from the University of Kentucky.  Bonner led the nation in total offense, touchdown passes, passing yards, and pass completions this season.  He completed 317 or 435 passes with a 72.8 completion percentage.  He ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency with a 186.5 rating, and he averaged 345 yards per game of total offense.  His record breaking 54 touchdown  pass mark eclipsed  the record of  50 set by the 1994 Hill winner, and Bonner's current coach - Chris Hatcher.  Bonner averaged 4.9  touchdown passes per game this season.  He was a three-time Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Week as well as a three-time Division II National Offensive Player of the Week.  He was also named first-team All-Gulf South Conference and was GSC co-Offensive Player of the Year.
  

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