FLORENCE - Ala. (November 20, 2015) – A total of 38 student-athletes from across the nation have been nominated for the 2015 Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year. Among the nominees is Colorado State University-Pueblo football senior running back Cameron McDondle (Littleton, Colo.).
The list of candidates was announced Friday by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee and includes players from each of the four Division II Super Regions.
McDondle was honored as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player o the Week and All-RMAC First Team earlier this week.
McDondle leads NCAA Division II in rushing touchdowns (24) and scoring (14.3 ppg), while sitting second in rushing yards (1,943) and rushing yards per game (194.3). He ranks third nationally in all-purpose yards (202) and yards per carry (8.2). The senior has rushed for more that 150 yards in all 10 games played, as he established a new single-season program record with 308 rushing yards against then-No. 7 Colorado School of Mines (Oct.24). McDondle totaled four rushing touchdowns at Chadron State College (Oct. 17) and partnered with younger brother Bernard McDondle (So., RB, Littleton, Colo.) for seven rushing scores in the game. He was named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week twice and NFFCC Player of the Week on three occasions.
He is the program's all-time leading rusher and ranks second in career rushing in the RMAC with 5,659 yards. C. McDondle is first at the school and second in the RMAC all-time in rushing touchdowns with 56. In those categories, he trails only two-time Harlon Hill winner Danny Woodhead, formerly of Chadron State and a current member of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers.
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MORE ABOUT THE HARLON HILL
Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 168 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. The 38 initial candidates will be placed on regional ballots and the top two players from each of the four NCAA regions will advance to the national ballot when regional voting concludes on November 30.
The winner of the 2015 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced Friday, December 18 via a webcast and the winner will be honored at a luncheon on the University of North Alabama campus on January 8, 2016.
The Hill Trophy is sponsored by the City of Florence, Ala., Opti-Net, Herff Jones and the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa.
Candidates are initially nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and are then voted on by the SIDs in those Super Regions. The winner is then determined in a nation-wide vote of the Division II sports information directors.
The group of 38 candidates includes 21 quarterbacks, 11 running backs, three receivers, two defensive linemen and one linebacker. There are 15 seniors, 15 juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen.
The list of candidates for the 2015 Hill Trophy includes 2014 winner Jason Vander Laan of Ferris State and third place finisher Anthony Bilal of Lake Erie.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.