1991 Winner

Ronnie West
Senior; Wide Receiver
Pittsburg State University

Ronnie West became the first receiver to win the Harlon Hill Trophy when he claimed the award in 1991.  On a team that ran the ball more than 80 percent of the time, West averaged 94.9 receiving yards per game (1,044 in 11 games), and ranked 14th nationally in yards per game.  He set school records for receptions (50), yards receiving (1,044), and touchdown receptions (12).  He caught at least three passes in every game except one, and scored at least once in nine of the Gorilla's 11 regular-season contests.  West had 70 yards or more receiving in nine of 11 games, averaged 14.5 yards per punt return, and 23.9 yards per kickoff return.  He averaged 19.3 yards every time he touched the ball in 1991.  He scored a touchdown once every 5.7 times he touched the ball, and led Pittsburg State to a 13-1-1 record and to its first Division II crown.  West led Division II in punt returns (16.9) and was second in kickoff returns (29.8) as a junior in 1990.  He was one of only three juniors selected first-team Kodak College Division I All-American in 1990, and was the only junior selected on offense.  He was also first-team Football Gazette All-American, first-team All MIAA, and was MIAA Newcomer of the Year.  He led the MIAA in receiving TD's (9), scoring (7.8 ppg), and was third in receiving yards per game (73.5).  West accounted for 2,070 all-purpose yards and scored 18 TD's in 13 games in 1990.  He holds school records for career receiving TD's (21), career receiving yards (1,779), career punt return average (15.7), third in career kickoff return average (29.8), third in career receiving average (20.9), and tied for second in career receptions (85).  He rolled up 3,082 career all-purpose yards.

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