Nov. 23, 2010
Bolles named a finalist for Harlon Hill
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Blake Bolles is one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Award which is presented annually to Division II football's player of the year.
Bolles is the third Northwest player to reach the national ballot and the second in as many seasons. He joins wide receiver Tony Miles, who finished sixth in the voting in 2000 and running back LaRon Council, who placed eighth in the voting last season.
Bolles in joined on the ballot by six other quarterbacks and two running backs. National voting will conclude on Dec. 3 and the top three finishers will be invited to Florence for the presentation banquet to be held Dec. 17, a day prior to the national championship game.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Bolles was a first-team All-American last year when he led the Bearcats to a 14-1 record and the program's third national championship. He's 24-2 as a starter at Northwest and has thrown a touchdown pass in all 26 collegiate starts. Bolles is part of a senior class that never lost a conference game and won four MIAA titles.
Bolles has thrown for 7,921 yards and 72 touchdowns in his career, both of which are Northwest records. This season, he's completed 218-of-345 passes for 3,099 yards and 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He's also ran for 198 yards and three scores. He ranks 16th nationally in pass efficiency and 20th in passing yards per game.
Bolles is one of three quarterbacks from Super Region 4 who advanced to the final ballot. Central Missouri's Eric Czerniewski and Abilene Christian's Mitchell Gale are the others and will square off against one another Saturday in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
The full list of finalists can be found below:
Name Pog. Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown
Super Region 1
Zach Amedro QB 6-0 200 Sr. West Liberty Moundsville, W.V.
Franklyn Quiteh RB 5-10 197 Fr. Bloomsburg Tobyhanna, Pa.
Super Region 2
Bo Cordell QB 6-1 195 So. Tusculum Cincinnati, Ohio
Nick Hardesty QB 6-0 210 Sr. Henderson State Salina, Kan.
Super Region 3
Clay Garcia QB 6-0 200 Jr. Colorado-Mines Alamosa, Colo.
Phil Milbrath RB 5-9 200 Sr. Michigan Tech Norway, Mich.
Super Region 4
Blake Bolles QB 6-4 210 Sr. NW Missouri State Lincoln, Neb.
Eric Czerniewski QB 6-0 190 Sr. Central Missouri Montgomery City, Mo.
Mitchell Gale QB 6-2 220 So. Abilene Christian Alva, Okla.
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