Nov. 6, 2009
Council a Regional Harlon Hill Finalist For Second Time
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior running back LaRon Council has been named a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Award given annually to the top player in Division II football. The list of candidates was announced Thursday by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee.
It marks the second year in a row Council has been selected as a regional finalist. He's the lone running back selected to go with five quarterbacks: Midwestern State's Zach Eskridge, Southwest Baptist's Steve Gachette, Texas A&M-Kingsville's Billy Garza, Eastern New Mexico's J.J. Harp and Missouri Western's Drew Newhart.
The 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 Nov. 13. Sports information directors at each institution represented in the region cast the deciding votes.
Council, an All-American by four publications last season, has rushed for 1,072 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in 10 games this season, totals that rank 10th and eighth in the nation, respectively. He also has 32 catches for 264 yards. Add to that last year's totals of 1,739 yards and 36 touchdowns and Council ranks near the top of almost every Northwest rushing record despite being a two-year starter.
Council has the Bearcats ranked third in the nation and second in the region heading into this weekend's regular season finale against 16th-ranked Central Missouri. A win against the Mules and he will be part of a senior class that never lost a conference game in its four collegiate seasons. Northwest (9-1, 8-0 MIAA) has won 36 straight MIAA contests dating back to 2005.
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