The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University running back Franklyn Quiteh has been named as one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Award, symbolic of being the top player in NCAA Division II football. Quiteh is a national finalist for the third time in four years.
The 2013 PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Year, Quiteh, a four-time first team All-PSAC East pick, leads the nation in rushing with 1,987 yards on the season, while averaging 8.4 yards per carry with a division-high 27 rushing touchdowns and 29 total TDs.
The Pocono Mountain West graduate also holds the school and PSAC records for most career rushing yards (7,135); rushing touchdowns (85); most total touchdowns (87), points (536); rushing attempts (1,013). He also holds the school record for most yards rushing in a game (304) and the NCAA, PSAC and school record for most 100-yard rushing games in a career with 41.
Among all active players in college football he is the leader in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, all-purpose yards, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, points and points per game. He finished fourth in the Hill voting last season. He is second all-time in NCAA Division II history in total yards rushing and is just the third running back to top 7,000 career rushing yards. He is poised to go past 2,000 yards in a season for the third time in his four seasons needing just 13 yards in Saturday’s NCAA playoff game against visiting West Chester.
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 168 of the division’s SIDs will select the award’s 28th winner. The top two players from each of Division II’s Super Regions advanced to the national ballot, with the exception of Super Region 3 where three players advanced because of a tie in the voting.
The list of 2013 finalists comprises five quarterbacks and four running backs. Six of the finalists helped lead their teams into the 2013 NCAA Division II playoffs this season and five of this weekend’s second-round playoff matchups will have Hill finalists competing. Three of this year’s finalists were also finalists in 2012.
Advancing from Super Region 1 along with Quiteh is senior running back Rondell White of West Chester. Super Region 2 is represented by senior quarterback Luke Charles of the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and senior quarterback Bo Cordell of Tusculum University (Tenn.). Charles will lead his 9-1 Braves into a second-round playoff matchup Saturday.
The top vote-getters in Super Region 3 are junior quarterback Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State University (Ark.), junior running back Tyler Tonderum of Southwest Minnesota State University and senior quarterback Jon Wolf of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Wolf will lead the Mavericks into a second-round playoff game Saturday and Rodgers finished sixth in the voting in 2012.
Advancing from Super Region 4 are senior running back Glen Clinton of Chadron State College (Neb.) and senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M University. Vaughn has led West Texas A&M to the second round of the Division II playoffs and finished fourth in the voting in 2012.
National voting will conclude Dec. 7 and the top three finishers will be invited to the presentation banquet on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.
This year’s banquet will also include the 54th induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame. The NCAA Division II Championship Game is Dec. 21 in Florence, Ala.