A field of 22 candidates has been trimmed to nine national finalists in regional voting for the 2011 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. Nebraska-Kearney’s Jake Spitzlberger is one of the nine finalists.
The top two players from each of Division II’s Super Regions advance to the national ballot, but three players advanced from Region 2 due to a tie in the voting.
The list of 2011 finalists is comprised of six quarterbacks and three running backs. Spitzlberger completed 57% of his passes for 2656 yards while rushing for over 1,000 more. He threw 21 touchdowns while leading the Lopers to a 10-3 record and a first round bye in the Division II playoffs before losing this past Saturday to Wayne State, Michigan 38-26.
National voting will conclude on December 2 and the top three finishers will be invited for the presentation banquet, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, and will be announced at the 26th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 16.
Former Chadron State and current New England Patriot Danny Woodhead is a former winner of the award.