FLORENCE, Ala. — Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown was announced as one of 24 candidates for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy honoring the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year Friday (Nov. 9) by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee.
The list includes six players from each of the four Division II Super Regions.
Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 168 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. The 24 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 17.
The winner of the 2012 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 27th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Florence Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. (CST). This year's Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 14th induction class into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.
Brown, a junior from Homestead, Fla., currently leads Division II in all-purpose yards (203.8 ypg). He has made 60 catches for 901 yards (15.0 ypc) and eight touchdowns, ranking 16th nationally in receiving yards (100.1 ypg). Brown also ranks 11th nationally in punt returns (15.4 ypr) and averages 25.4 yards per kickoff return.
Brown earned All-America honors as both a return specialist and a wide receiver as a sophomore in 2011 while helping guide the Gorillas to a 13-1 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Brown (5-11, 171) is joined on the 2012 Super Region Three Ballot by Emporia State quarterback Tyler Eckenrode (6-0, 195, SR), Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers (6-3, 215, SO), Missouri Western running back Michael Hill (5-11, 205, SR), St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake (6-1, 196, JR) and Winona State running back Rayon Simmons (5-10, 220, SR).
Candidates were initially nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and those nominations were then reviewed by the Hill Regional Advisory Committees, which trimmed the list of candidates.