Woodson named Harlon Hill finalist

Woodson named Harlon Hill finalist

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Photo by Arturo Leal / The South Texan

As the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas prepare to finish up their season, running back Jonathan Woodson was named to the list of the Harlon Hill trophy finalist.
A total of 22 candidates are in the running for the 2011 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.
The list of candidates was announced Thursday by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee.
Woodson is coming off a four touchdown, 228-yard rushing and 96-yard receiving performance against Abilene Christian last week.

(Photo by Arturo Leal / The South Texan) Javelina running back Jonathan Woodson was named a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Friday afternoon.

Also, Woodson leads the nation with 216.7 all-purpose yards per game and is on a stretch of five straight contests with at least 200 all-purpose yards, including two games that he had at least 343 all-purpose yards. He leads the Lone Star Conference with 929 rushing yards on the season and is among the national leaders in rushing yards, receptions and touchdowns.
The list includes six players from Super Regions one, two and three and four from Super Region four.
Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 148 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions.
The 22 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 November 19.
The winner of the 2011 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 26th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 16 at the Florence Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 13th induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.
Woodson and the Javelinas will finish the 2011 season Saturday at Eastern New Mexico.

Mark Molina
Staff Writer