November 9, 2012 – Hillsdlae College senior Joe Glendening made the first cut on his path to win the most prestigious individual award presented to an NCAA Division II football player.
Glendening is one of six finalists among Super Region 4 schools for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division II.
Nationwide, a total of 24 players – six from each region – are on the initial Harlon Hill ballot. Players will be voted on by the sports information director of the 168 Division II football-sponsoring institutions in the next week.
The top two vote-getters from each region will advance to the national ballot.
In 2011, Glendening was a regional winner in the Harlon Hill balloting and was a national semifinalist for the award. He is one of two players in the nation to reach this stage of the balloting in back-to-back years, along with Kutztown QB Kevin Morton.
The other five nominees from Super Region 4 include Ashland QB Taylor Housewright, Indianapolis RB Kay Fiecher, Midwestern State RB Keidrick Jackson, Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis and West Texas A&M QB Dustin Vaughn.
Glendening is Hillsdale College’s all-time leading rusher with 4,561 career rushing yards and his 60 total touchdowns scored in his career are also a school record. Earlier this season, he surpassed the school career record for carries, and has 936 entering Saturday’s season finale at Northwood.
The GLIAC rushing leader in 2010 and 2011, Glendening was a First-Team All-American and the GLIAC Player of the Year last year, and holds every significant single-season rushing record in school history. He has 25 career 100-yard rushing games and has at least one rushing touchdown in eight of the team’s 10 games this season.