FLORENCE, Ala. -- A field of 24 candidates has been trimmed to nine national finalists in regional voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.
The finalists were selected by the NCAA Division II sports information directors in regional voting and will now be placed on the national ballot where all 148 of the division's SIDs will select the award's 24th winner.
The top two players from each of Division II's Super Regionals advance to the national ballot, but three players advanced from Region 3 due to a tie in the voting.
Advancing from Super Regional 4 are Northwest Missouri State senior running back LaRon Council and Midwestern (Texas) State University junior quarterback Zack Eskridge. Northwest Missouri State is hosting a second round playoff game Saturday, while Midwestern State lost
Council, a senior from Kansas City, Mo., has rushed for 1,202 yards on 212 carries and has 16 rushing touchdowns this season. He averages 109.3 rushing yards and 8.73 points per game. He also has 271 receiving yards and averages 133.9 all-purpose yards per game. He has led the Bearcats to a 10-1 record and the No. 2 seed in Super Regional Four.
Eskridge, a junior from Rowlett, Texas, leads Division II in passing efficiency in 2009 with a 180.75 rating. He threw for 3,295 yards and 29 touchdowns this season, completing 236 of 330 pass attempts with only six interceptions. He completed 71.5 percent of his passes. He is also 12th nationally in passing yards per game (274.6) and 16th in total offense (286.9). He led Midwestern State to a 9-3 record this season.
2009 HARLON HILL TROPHY FINALISTSSUPER REGIONAL
Zach Amedro QB 6-0 190 JR West Liberty Moundsville, W.V.
Harrison Beck QB 6-2 220 SR North Alabama Clearwater, Fla.
Joique Bell RB 6-1 223 SR Wayne State (Mich.) Benton Harbor, Mich.
LaRon Council RB 5-10 210 SR Northwest Missouri St. Kansas City, Mo.
Zack Eskridge QB 6-4 215 JR Midwestern State Rowlett, Texas
Nick Graziano QB 6-1 227 SR Arkansas Tech Moraga, Calif.
Trevor Harris QB 6-2 215 SR Edinboro Waldo, Ohio
Brad Iciek QB 6-1 200 SR Grand Valley State Grandville, Mich.
Isaac Odim RB 6-0 215 JR Minnesota-Duluth Rochester, Minn.