Coy ousted of running for Harlon Hill trophy

Mesa State running back Bobby Coy gets loose in the secondary to score in the first half.

Bobby Coy’s football career came to an end last week, and his run for the Harlon Hill Trophy ended this week.

The Mesa State College running back did not make the national finalist cut for the NCAA Division II player of the year despite rushing for a Mesa State single-season record 1,600 yards on a school record 295 attempts. He was third in the nation in rushing yards per game (145.5). The Mavericks (6-5, 6-3 RMAC) ended their season Nov. 8 with a loss to Nebraska-Kearney.

The field of 24 was narrowed down to eight finalists Monday by the NCAA Division II sports information directors in regional voting. The top two players from each of Division II’s Super Regionals advanced to the national ballot.

The Harlon Hill Trophy winner will be announced at the 23rd annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on December 12 in Florence, Ala. The top three national finalists will be invited to the banquet for the trophy presentation.

“It’s great just to be mentioned in there,” Mesa State coach Joe Ramunno said. “That’s a great honor. I’m proud that he was a Mesa State Maverick. He’s a special young man. He’ll be missed.

“He has an opportunity to come back, but it doesn’t mean he’s ready to do that. He’s represented us in every fashion how you’d want.”

Coy, a junior from Littleton, is tied for the school all-time career rushing record with 4,161 yards, but has decided to forgo his senior season. The fourth-year junior plans to graduate in May with a degree in business administration.

The eight national finalists include last year’s finalists Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott, Grand Valley State (Mich.) quarterback Brad Iciek and North Alabama quarterback A.J. Milwee.

Scott averaged 169.5 rushing yards per game this season and ranked second nationally in rushing. He scored 20 touchdowns this season for the No. 2-ranked Wildcats (10-0), who are the top seed in Super Region 4 and host West Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs this weekend.

Iciek finished the regular season as the second highest rated passer in Division II with 1,190 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Lakers (10-0), who host Ashland (Ohio) in the second round of the playoffs.

Milwee has a 31-4 record as a starter for North Alabama and finished the regular season with 2,728 yards and 23 touchdowns. The Lions (10-1) host defending national champion Valdosta State (Ga.) in the playoffs this weekend.

The other finalists include Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly, Minnesota-Duluth quarterback Ted Schlafke, Tusculum (Tenn.) quarterback Corey Russell, Edinboro (Pa.) quarterback Trevor Harris and West Chester (Pa.) wide receiver Michael Washington.


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