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
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
”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.”