Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh wins Harlon Hill Trophy as DII player of year
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II player of the year.
Quiteh, a three-time Harlon Hill finalist, was the national leader with 2,195 yards rushing and 29 rushing touchdowns. He also led the nation in scoring and is the first Division II player to post three 2,000-yard rushing seasons.
"I guess the third time is a charm," Quiteh said.
He finished third in last year's Harlon Hill voting and sixth in 2010. This time he was the one celebrating.
"To be considered one of the top players year in and year out is a testament to my team," Quiteh said. "This is just crazy. I'm at a loss for words, because I'm just shocked that I won this trophy. You hope for the best and prepare for the worst and thank God the best came out."
He had 182 total points, 36 more than the runner-up, West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan. Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers was third with 100 points.
Quiteh has a Division II-record 42 100-yard games.
Quiteh, from Tobyhanna, Pa., finished as the second-leading rusher in Division II history with 7,523 yards. He led Bloomsburg to 10-2 record and to the second round of the Division II tournament as a senior.
The award was presented Friday, the eve of the Division II championship game. It is voted on by sports information directors.
Quiteh is the second consecutive winner from a school in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He is also the second Hill Trophy winner from Bloomsburg, joining 1997 recipient Irvin Sigler.
"I always told myself when I first got to this university, I wanted to be considered one of the best players in Division II," Quiteh said. "To bring this trophy back to Bloomsburg, it brings a lot of notoriety to this school."
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