2014 HARLON HILL TROPHY
For A.M. Release Thursday, November 20
SIX PLAYERS NOMINATED FOR HILL TROPHY
AS DIVISION II
FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ala. -- A total of 36 student-athletes from across the
nation have been nominated for the 2014 Harlon Hill
Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the
The list of candidates was announced
Thursday morning by the National Harlon Hill Award
The list includes players from each of
the four Division II Super Regions.
Players are nominated and voted on by the sports
information directors at the 168 NCAA Division II
football-playing institutions. The 36 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
The winner of the 2014 award, which
is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award
Committee, will be announced on Friday, December 19 via
a webcast and the winner will be honored at a luncheon
on the University of North Alabama campus on January 9,
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 are initially nominated by the sports
information directors at their respective schools and
are then voted on by the SIDs in their respective Super
Region. The winner is then determined in a nation-wide
vote of the Division II sports information directors.
The group of 36 candidates includes 20
quarterbacks, nine running backs, two receivers, three
linebackers and two defensive linemen. There are 20
seniors, nine juniors and seven sophomores.
The list of candidates for the 2014 Hill Trophy
includes 2013 finalist Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State
and regional candidates Matt Soltes of East Stroudsburg,
Kyle Caldwell of West Alabama and Jason Vander Laan of
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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
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. Four straight Hill Trophies were
won by running backs, beginning with Chadron State’s
Danny Woodhead in 2006 and 2007. Abilene Christian’s
Bernard Scott won in 2008, followed by Wayne State
(Mich.) running back Joique Bell in 2009.
Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski was the 2010 Hill
winner, followed by Mars Hill running back Jonas
Randolph in 2011, Shippensburg’s Zach Zulli in 2012 and
Bloomsburg’s Franklyn Quiteh in 2013.
2014 Harlon Hill Trophy Nominees
SUPER REGIONAL 1 Pos.
Ht Wt Cl School
Brendan Boylan QB 6-2
190 JR Mercyhurst Independence,
Joey Bradley QB 6-1
190 SR New Haven Issaquah, Wash.
Garry Brown WR 6-1 200 SO
California, Pa. Columbus, Ohio
Greene RB 5-9 185 SO
Slippery Rock Duquesne, Pa.
Guadagnoli QB 6-1 200 SR
Bentley Framingham, Wash.
WR 6-3 205 SR
Shippensburg Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Laurino QB 6-0 197 SR LIU
Post Boise, Idaho
QB 6-2 200 SR West Chester
QB 5-11 200 SO Concord
College Park, Md.
LB 6-0 240 SR Bloomsburg
Matt Soltes QB
6-3 215 JR East Stroudsburg
Vernon, New Jersey
SUPER REGIONAL 2
Pos. Ht Wt Cl
Caldwell QB 5-7 165 SR
West Alabama Dadeville, Ala.
Gruber LB 6-3 240 SR
Brevard Walterboro, S.C.
RB 6-0 200 SR
Carson-Newman Corryton, Tenn.
Napolitano DE 6-3 255 SR
Wingate Shalotte, N.C.
RB 5-7 206 JR Albany
State Brunswick, Ga.
QB 6-3 235 SO Delta State
SUPER REGIONAL 3 Pos.
Ht Wt Cl School
Anthony Abenoja QB 6-3
217 SR Pittsburg State Overland Park,
Si’Darius Blackshire QB 6-0 215
SR Southern Arkansas Carthage, Texas
Trey Heid QB 6-2 192
SO Augustana Lakeville, Minn.
Gordon DE 6-2 250 JR
Minnesota State-Mankato Milwaukee, Wis.
Papilion QB 6-5 220 SO
Sioux Falls Denver, Colo.
QB 6-3 215 SR Henderson
State Rockwall, Texas
RB 5-11 195 SR Central Missouri
Terrell Watson RB
6-2 240 SR Azusa Pacific Oxnard,
Romo Westbrook FB 5-10
210 SR Harding Marion, Ark.
SUPER REGIONAL 4 Pos. Ht
Wt Cl School Hometown
Alridge-Mitchell RB 5-8 203 JR West
Texas A&M Dallas, Texas
RB 5-7 170 JR Lake Erie
QB 6-0 200 SO Colorado-Mines
Nores Fradi LB
6-1 216 SR Wayne State (Mich.)
Dearborn Heights, Mich.
QB 6-3 220 JR Western New Mexico
QB 6-1 190 SR Ohio Dominican
Verlon Reed QB
6-1 200 SR Findlay Columbus,
Anthony Taylor TB 5-11
212 SR Ashland Arlington, Va.
Jason Vander Laan QB 6-4 241 JR
Ferris State Frankfort, Ill.
Washington QB 6-5 205 JR
Angelo State Humble, Texas
November 24, 2014
Regional ballots will be emailed no later than Monday,
November 28, 2014
Regional ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday,
Nov. 28. The eight national finalists will be
announced for release on Monday, Dec. 1.
December 3, 2014
National ballots will be emailed on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
December 13, 2014
On Saturday, Dec. 13, all final ballots will be counted.
December 19, 2014
On Friday December 19, the Harlon Hill Trophy winner
will be announced via a webcast at 2:00 p.m. Central.
January 8, 2015
The winner of the 2014 Harlon Hill Trophy will be
brought to Florence on Thursday afternoon, January 8.
January 9, 2015
Official presentation of the 2014 Harlon Hill Trophy at
a luncheon at the University of North Alabama on Friday,