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Great American Conference Athletics | November 19, 2018

DII football: 37 players nominated for 2018 Harlon Hill Trophy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A total of 37 student-athletes from across the nation have been nominated for the 2018 Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year.

Nine nominees hail from Super Region 1, nine from Super Region 2, eight from Super Region 3 and 11 from Super Region 4.

The sports information directors at the 166 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions nominate and vote on the award. The 37 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 Monday, Nov. 26.

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The winner of the 2018 award will be announced on Friday, Dec. 14 and the winner will be honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club awards banquet on Jan. 10, 2019.

The sports information directors at their respective schools initially nominate candidates. The SIDs in those Super Regions vote for their top five candidates. The winner is then determined in a nation-wide vote of the Division II sports information directors.

The group of 37 candidates includes 13 quarterbacks, nine running backs, eight wide receivers, three defensive ends, three linebackers and one defensive back.

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There list features 21 seniors, 10 juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. One nominee — Bowie State’s Amir Hall, in 2017 — previously advanced to the finalist stage.

The Hill Trophy is named for the late Harlon Hill — the former University of North Alabama standout — who excelled with the Lions from 1950-53 before going on to fame in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears.

The nominees are listed below by region:

super regional 1        
NAME POSITION SCHOOL CLASS HOMETOWN

Tyson Bagent

QB

Shepherd

Fr.

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Cory Contini

WR

Ohio Dominican

Sr. 

Dover, Ohio

Ashton Dulin

WR/RS

Malone

Sr. 

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Walter Fletcher

RB

Edinboro

Jr. 

Columbia, Maryland

Josh Gontarek

WR

Shippensburg

Jr. 

Mount Airy, Maryland

Jaleel McLaughlin

RB

Notre Dame College

Fr. 

Marshville, North Carolina

Lamont McPhatter II

DB

California (PA)

Jr. 

New Castle, Pennsylvania

Ajee Patterson

QB

New Haven

Sr. 

Neptune, New Jersey

Chance Stewart

QB

Hillsdale

Sr. 

Sturgis, Michigan

super regionAL 2        
name POSITION SCHOOL CLASS HOMETOWN

Kevin Greenhow

WR

Central State

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio

Amir Hall

QB

Bowie State

Sr. 

Bowie, Maryland

J.T. Hassell

LB

Florida Tech

Sr. 

Titusville, Florida

Jamarcus Henderson

DE

Newberry

Sr. 

Union, South Carolina

Cardell Rawlings

DE

Wingate

Sr. 

Smithfield, North Carolina

Craig Rucker

WR

Mars Hill

Jr. 

Orlando, Florida

Rogan Wells

QB

Valdosta State

So. 

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Antonio Wimbush

RB

Carson-Newman

Jr. 

Kingsland, Georgia

Bryce Witt

QB

Chowan

So. 

Sutherland, Virginia

super regionAL 3        
name position school class hometown

Jayru Campbell

QB

Ferris State

Jr. 

Detroit, Michigan

Ka’Ronce Higgins

WR

Southern Arkansas

Sr. 

Searcy, Arkansas

Cody Leonard

LB

Quincy

Sr. 

Carrolton, Illinois

Braxton Marstall

QB

Emporia State

Sr. 

Emporia, Kansas

Jake Mayon

RB

Northern Michigan

Sr. 

Plainfield, Illinois

Al McKeller

RB

Indianapolis

So. 

Indianapolis, Indiana

Kyrion Parker

WR

Central Missouri

Sr. 

Houston, Texas

Bart Williams

QB

Grand Valley State

Sr. 

Grand Blanc, Michigan

super regional 4        
name position school class hometown

Xavier Turner

RB

Tarleton State

Sr. 

North Richland Hills, Texas

Bo Highburger

LB

Western Oregon

Sr. 

Veneta, Oregon

Nate Gunn

RB

Minnesota State

Jr. 

Minooka, Illinois

Markus Jones

DE

Angelo State

Sr. 

Fort Worth, Texas

Gabriel Watson

RB

Sioux Falls

Jr. 

Piedmont, California

Cameron Mayberry

RB

Colorado School of Mines

Jr. 

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Kyle Saddler

QB

Augustana

So. 

Frisco, Texas

Jake Sullivan

QB

South Dakota Mines

Sr. 

Rapid City, South Dakota

Reilly Hennessey

QB

Central Washington

Sr. 

Camas, Washington

Layton Rabb

QB

Midwestern State

Sr. 

Llano, Texas

Chad Hovasse

WR

Adams State

Sr. 

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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