By The Daily Item
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Bloomsburg University tailback Franklyn Quiteh has won just about every award there is to win in the world of Division II college football and now the junior has his sights set on the biggest.
Quiteh, who has already rushed for more than 5,000 career yards for the Huskies, is one of the top three vote getters for the 2012 Harlon Hill Award, given to the nation's top Division II football player. As one of the top three out of eight finalists, Quiteh will attend the annual trophy presentation on Dec. 15 in Florence, Ala., the night before the national title game. Quiteh will be joined by Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli and Missouri Western running back Michael Hill at the presentation. Candidates were nominated by the sports information directors and those nominations were then reviewed by the Hill Regional Advisory Committees, which trimmed the list of candidates. Out of the group of eight finalists, the top three vote getters were invited to Florence.
Quiteh, sixth in the Harlon Hill voting as a freshman in 2010, is the sixth different Huskie to be a finalist. He is trying to join former Bloomsburg All-American Irv Sigler as the program's only winner after Sigler won in 1997.
Quiteh led Division II in rushing this season, for the second time in three years, with an average of 176.8 yards per game. He carried the ball 287 times for 2,121 yards and 24. Quiteh rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this year and has a current streak of 17 straight games with 100 yards or more. He rushed for more than 200 yards four times in 2012 and his career numbers stand at 5,328 yards rushing with 58 touchdowns. A first-team All-PSAC selection for the third straight year, Quiteh led Bloomsburg to a 10-2 record this fall and into the NCAA Division II playoffs.