|VUU's Lamar Little Named Candidate for 2007 Harlon Hill Trophy
Tiffani-dawn B. Sykes
FLORENCE, AL - Virginia Union University quarterback Lamar Little (5-11/204/JR/Candor, NC) is one of 24 candidates for the 2007 Harlon Hill Trophy as announced by the National Harlon Hill Awards Committee.
Little led the Panthers to their first CIAA Eastern Division Crown since the 2003 season. The Panthers finished the regular season with a 9-1 record. They represented the CIAA's Eastern Division in the 2007 CIAA Championship game where they fell to Shaw University 31-24 in double overtime, dropping their overall record to 9-2.
Little was named CIAA Offensive Player of the Year as selected by the CIAA Football Coaches Association. In addition, he received 1st Team All-CIAA honors and was named CIAA Offensive Back of the Week four times throughout the season. He received MVP awards for the 2007 Gold Bowl, the regular season contest versus Virginia State and the 2007 CIAA Championship Game.
Little led the CIAA in passing average (171.4 ypg), pass efficiency (140.9 rating) and total offense (220.4 ypg).
A total of 24 candidates are in the running for the 2007 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year, including the 2006 winner.
The list includes five players from the Southeast, six from the Southwest and Northeast and seven from the Northwest region.
First, players were nominated by the sports information directors at the 150 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. Next, the advisory committee voted on 24 initial candidates to be placed on regional ballots. Currently, the sports information directors are in the regional voting process and the top two players from each of the four NCAA regions will advance to the national ballot when regional voting concludes on November 16.
The winner of the 2007 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 22nd annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 14 at the Florence Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. This year's Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the ninth induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.