Ferris State QB Vander Laan repeats as Harlon Hill winner
Florence, Ala. — Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan won his second straight Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II’s top player.
Vander Laan’s 217 total points ranks as the fourth-highest total by a winner in the award’s 30-year history. He was honored Friday.
"I owe so much credit to my teammates and coaches for helping me with this award and I'm honored to receive it on their behalf," Vander Laan said. "When you look at the names of people who have won this in the past, it's amazing to be on that list and to be a two-time winner is just unreal.”
Vander Laan received 51 first-place votes among the 101 ballots cast by Division II sports information directors.
He’s the fourth player to win the Harlon Hill twice.
He passed for 2,626 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 1,542 yards and 24 scores.
"This is a truly memorable day for Ferris State University and Bulldog Football," said FSU head coach Tony Annese. "Jason has obviously had an amazing career and been the ultimate leader for our squad, but the way in which he has carried himself both on and off the field over the past four years has meant so much more.”
Vander Laan was followed in the voting by Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner (107 points) and Colorado State-Pueblo running back Cameron McDondle, who got 90 points.
The trophy is named for the late Harlon Hill, a former North Alabama and Chicago Bears player.
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