Hartwick, N.Y. - For the second straight season, Hartwick College's Jason Boltus (Baldwinsville, NY) has been named one of four national finalists for the 16th Annual Gagliardi Trophy, announced Friday.
Boltus, the Empire 8 and D3football.com East Region Offensive Player of the Year, moved into the Gagliardi "final four" by being named the East Region representative. The other three finalists include Jordan Berg of Augsburg College in the West Region; Juan Joseph of Millsaps College in the South Region; and Greg Micheli of Mount Union College from the North Region. The winners emerged from a field of 10 finalists. The national winner will be announced Tuesday, December 16th and the recipient will be presented with the trophy on Thursday evening as part of the festivities kicking off the 2008 Stagg Bowl in Salem, VA on Dec. 20th.
This year was the second time fans played a part in voting to rank the 10 finalists by casting an electronic ballot that was collectively added to the 35 votes of the national selection committee. The committee is comprised of coaches, sports writers, community leaders and former Division III student-athletes enshrined in the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame.
Boltus snapped the all-time NCAA Division III record for total yards (14,231) and sits second in all-time passing yards (13,276) and third in touchdown passes (134). He leads the NCAA D-3 ranks this season in passing yards per game (393.40), points responsible for (28.80/game), and total offense (415.5 yards/game), and ranks second in total passing yards (3,934), and third in passing efficiency (173.9).
The Gagliardi Trophy is sponsored by Jostens, the Saint John's University (MN) J-Club, and recognizes excellence on the football field, as well as academics and community service. The trophy is named after the Saint John's (MN) head football coach John Gagliardi, who is the first active head coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and is the winningest coach in collegiate football history with 461 career victories in 60 seasons.