Shippensburg junior quarterback Zulli awarded Harlon Hill Trophy
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top player in Division II after a record-setting junior season.
Zulli received the award Friday on the eve of the national championship game at North Alabama. He set NCAA Division II records by accounting for 336 points and 56 touchdowns, and tied the national record with 54 touchdown passes.
''This is just ridiculous. I never would have expected this,'' Zulli said, who had never flown on a plane before his trip to Alabama. ''Being here is incredible. Sharing this award with my teammates, it just feels incredible.''
Zulli had 202 points in balloting by Division II sports information directors for a 64-point margin between him and Missouri Western State running back Michael Hill. Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh was third with 101 points.
Zulli, from Schwenksville, Pa., passed for 4,747 yards and led Shippensburg to an 11-2 record and the second round of the playoffs. He was the offensive player of the year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division. Quiteh plays in the same league.
Zulli became the seventh non-senior to win in the award's 27-year history and the first since Danny Woodhead of Chadron State in 2006.
Woodhead claimed the Harlon Hill again as a senior, becoming the third multiple winner.
Zulli completed 62.8 percent of his attempts, was intercepted just 10 times and was responsible for an average of 26.5 points per game.
Zulli ranked fourth in Division II in passing yards per game (365.2), third in total offense (382.4) and fifth in passing efficiency with a rating of 165.3.