Bloomsburg’s Quiteh wins Harlon Hill Trophy

Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh won the Harlon Hill

Trophy as the NCAA Division II player of the year.

Quiteh, a three-time Harlon Hill finalist, was the national

leader with 2,195 yards rushing and 29 rushing touchdowns. He also

led the nation in scoring and is the first Division II player to

post three 2,000-yard rushing seasons.

”I guess the third time is a charm,” Quiteh said.

He finished third in last year’s Harlon Hill voting and sixth in

2010. This time he was the one celebrating.

”To be considered one of the top players year in and year out

is a testament to my team,” Quiteh said. ”This is just crazy. I’m

at a loss for words, because I’m just shocked that I won this

trophy. You hope for the best and prepare for the worst and thank

God the best came out.”

He had 182 total points, 36 more than the runner-up, West Texas

A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan. Henderson State quarterback

Kevin Rodgers was third with 100 points.

Quiteh has a Division II-record 42 100-yard games.

Quiteh, from Tobyhanna, Pa., finished as the second-leading

rusher in Division II history with 7,523 yards. He led Bloomsburg

to 10-2 record and to the second round of the Division II Playoffs

as a senior.

The award was presented Friday, the eve of the Division II

championship game. It is voted on by sports information

directors.

Quiteh is the second straight winner from a school in the

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He is also the second Hill

Trophy winner from Bloomsburg, joining 1997 recipient Irvin

Sigler.

”I always told myself when I first got to this university, I

wanted to be considered one of the best players in Division II,”

Quiteh said. ”To bring this trophy back to Bloomsburg, it brings a

lot of notoriety to this school.”