Four finalists have been named for the
2009 Gagliardi Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding football
player in NCAA Division III. Sponsored by Jostens and the
J-Club of Saint John's University, Minnesota, the Gagliardi Trophy
recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community
The four region finalists are: John Peters, Sr., Linebacker, Union;
Blaine Westemeyer, Sr., Tackle, Augustana; Spud Dick, Sr.,
Quarterback, DePauw; and Alex Tanney, Jr., Quarterback,
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and the recipient
will be presented with the trophy on Thursday evening, Dec. 17 at
the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., as part of the festivities
surrounding the Stagg Bowl.
The winner of the Gagliardi Trophy is selected by a 35-member
national selection committee comprised of coaches, sports writers,
community leaders and former Division III student-athletes
enshrined in the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame.
In the third year of online voting, fans cast an electronic ballot
that collectively will be added to the 35 votes of the national
selection committee. In one of the closest tallies in the 17 years
of the Gagliardi Trophy, nine of the ten finalists received at
least one first-place vote with the tenth candidate receiving one
second-place vote. Casting a ballot on www.d3football.com which
counted as one collective vote, fans selected Spud Dick.
The trophy is named for Saint John's University head football coach
John Gagliardi, the first active head coach to be inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame and the winningest coach in college
football history with a record of 471-126-11 (.784).