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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Finalists Named for 2005 Gagliardi Trophy as Outstanding NCAA Division III Football Player

November 22, 2005

For Release: Immediate

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Five quarterbacks, one defensive end, one wide receiver, one running back, one defensive back and one defensive lineman from nine different states comprise the 10 finalists for the 13th annual Gagliardi Trophy, which were announced on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The award, presented to the outstanding football player in NCAA Division III, honors excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award program is sponsored by Jostens, Inc. and conducted by the J-Club of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. This year’s winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 15, in Salem, Va.

The Gagliardi Trophy is named for Saint John’s University head football coach John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in college football history with 432 career victories in 57 seasons. Gagliardi set the all-time win record on Nov. 8, 2003.

The 10 finalists for The Gagliardi Trophy are:

Russ Harbaugh, QB, Wabash College (Ind.), Senior, English and Art - NCAA playoff participant...29 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 games this season...3,324 yards, in 11 contests, to break the school's single-season passing record...NCAC Offensive Player of the community food drive & freshman orientation community projects.

Adam Knoblauch, QB, Delaware Valley College (Pa.), Senior, Criminal Justice - NCAA playoff of only seven players in college football history (all divisions) to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 1,000...has passed for 10,758 yards in his four seasons (sixth all-time in Division III), and run for 1,468 total offense of 12,226 yards ranks third in Division III history and he is 10th in touchdown passes with 97...semifinalist for Draddy Trophy from the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame...…member of move-in team, student athletic advisory committee and visited children’s hospital in Philadelphia.

Brett Elliott, QB, Linfield College (Ore.), Senior, Communication - NCAA playoff participant...passed for 3,105 yards and 41 touchdown passes this season...ranks #1 in Division III in pass efficiency with a 201.08 rating and in touchdown passes/game at 4.56...threw four or more touchdowns eight times this season...worked with the Linfield Review campus newspaper and campus radio station KSLC...served a summer internship with KFXX radio in Portland…served as a speaker at freshman colloquium and volunteered as a weekly tutor and mentor to an at-risk fifth grade student for nine months.

Ross Dillavou, DE, Loras College (Iowa), Senior, Psychology - 2005 team leader in tackles for loss with 12.0 and sacks with eight...ranks 33rd in the nation in sacks per game, third on Loras in tackles and three blocked kicks (1 punt, 1 field goal & 1 extra point)…peer tutor and student teacher…leadership council representative for athletics and fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief...mentor at Mass, read to elementary students, did fundraising for Special Olympics and played Santa Claus for local KC benefit.

Dusty Kain, WR, Simpson College (Iowa), Senior, Sports Administration - Broke school records for career TDs with 27, career receptions with 233 and career yards receiving with 3,210 yards…works with retirees at The Village Home in Indianola, served as a team member for Simpson College campus day...helps as a volunteer for the Prairie City-Monroe boys & girls track meets, booster drives & city food drive.

Mitch Tanney, QB, Monmouth College (Ill.), Senior, Math and Spanish - NCAA playoff participant...eclipsed most of the school's single-season records with 215 completions in 292 attempts for 2,587 yards and 33 touchdowns...academic all-district first team...Dean's List for six semesters...members of Spanish honor society – Delta Sigma Pi...received honors from the mathematics and modern foreign languages departments…served as volunteer Spanish instructor at local elementary school for second graders...also volunteers for special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Club.

Justin Beaver, RB, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Wis.), Sophomore, Physical Education - NCAA playoff participant...rushed for 1,745 yards in 2005...scored 18 TDs, averaged 5.7 yards a carry & 174.5 yards per game...number one rusher in Division III this season...Dean's List every semester in school…member of the student advisory council and football council freshman year...assisted with Whitewater football camps and passing league official...helped mentor students at Palmyra-Eagle H.S...mentors troubled youth at Lad Lake.

Doug Phillips, QB, John Carroll University (Ohio), Senior, History and Communications - Threw for 2,543 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2005...two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week...leads OAC in passing touchdowns and is second in passing yards at 254.3 yards per game...Dean’s List all six semesters...honors program, 2005 National Football Foundation Draddy Award semifinalist…Habitat for Humanity, campus ministry and international children’s games volunteer.

Damien Dumonceaux, DL, Saint John’s University (Minn.), Senior, Biology & Mathematics - NCAA playoff participant...leads SJU with 67 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and four blocked kicks...2005 MIAC Mike Stam Award winner as conference's top lineman…named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 second team in 2005...will graduate with more than 150 credits…member of the biology & mathematics clubs, tutor for comparative anatomy, support staff member for struggling biology students…active member of the St. John the Baptist Parish as a religion education teacher.

Joe Rizzo, DB, Washington University (Mo.), Senior, Finance and Accounting - led team with six interceptions…had 37 tackles this season...Dean’s List, Academic All-UAA and CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District…Give Thanks, Give Back executive board…Phi Delta Theta president, Inter Fraternity Council vice president of campus outreach, campus interview team and varsity football team captain.

The Gagliardi Trophy winner is determined by a 30-member national selection committee, which includes college coaches, former athletes, college administrators, business leaders and members of the media.

The trophy features a sculpture of SJU football coach John Gagliardi and a player in a classic one-on-one sideline consultation. The sculptures are hand cast in bronze and mounted on a polished wood base. Designed by Jostens, Inc., the trophy stands nearly two-feet tall and weighs 64 pounds.

For more information about the Gagliardi Trophy, please contact Tom Stock at 320-363-2629.


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