Harlon Hill 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNER
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 1:00 PM (CST) December 16, 2016
CONTACT: JEFF HODGES - (256) 765-4595
JUSTIN DVORAK WINS 2016 HILL TROPHY
AS DIVISION II FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Colorado School of Mines senior
quarterback Justin Dvorak has claimed the 2016 Harlon
Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player
of the Year.
Dvorak received 185 total points and held a commanding
72-point margin over Northwest Missouri State University
senior quarterback Kyle Zimmerman at 113. University of
North Alabama senior quarterback Jacob Tucker finished
third at 84.
The award winner is determined in voting by the Division
II sports information directors.
Dvorak was on 75 of the 95 total ballots cast.
The Hill Trophy will be presented to Dvorak on Friday,
January 6 at a ceremony on the campus of the University
of North Alabama, Hill's alma mater.
The Harlon Hill Trophy is sponsored by the City of
Florence, Herff Jones, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa
and the University of North Alabama. .
a native of Tomball, Texas, powered Division II's top
offense in 2016 as the Orediggers (10-3) averaged 566.8
yards per game, winning a share of the Rocky Mounatin
Athletic Conference title and advanced to the second
of the NCAA playoffs. Mines was second in the nation in
points per game (47.5) and passing yards per game
Dvorak was named the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year
in his final season, as well as D2CCA Super Region 4
Offensive Player of the Year. The quarterback led NCAA
Division II with 4,584 passing yards and 53 touchdowns,
rushing for eight more. His 380.2 total offense yards
per game ranks second in D-II and his 172.4 rating is
sixth. Dvorak also leads the nation with 366 points
responsible for. He enjoyed a record-breaking season as
he established the Mines and RMAC career records for
passing yards (13,466), total offense yards (14,608),
and passing touchdowns (134); the latter mark ranks
second all-time in D-II. Dvorak threw for four or more
touchdowns 10 times and five or more five times.
Dvorak becomes the second Hill Trophy winner from the
Colorado School of Mines, joining 2004 winner Chad
Friehauf. He also gives the RMAC its fourth Hill winner
in the last 13 years, with Chadron State's Danny
Woodhead winning in 2006 and 2007.
Following Dvorak, Zimmerman and Tucker in the voting
were Augustana University senior quarterback Trey Heid
(47), Grand Valley State University sophomore running
back Marty Carter (45), California University,
senior receiver Garry Brown (35), senior quarterback
Jeff Ziemba of Shepherd University (32), senior running
back Austin Ekeler of Western State Colorado University
(18) and senior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell of Newberry