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Eric Watt wins Gagliardi Trophy

Eric Watt, with his trophy
Eric Watt is the ninth quarterback to win the Gagliardi Trophy in the award's 18-year history.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com

SALEM, Va. -- Trine quarterback Eric Watt was named the winner of the 2010 Gagliardi Trophy on Thursday night.

He was announced in front of a live audience and chosen over defensive end Matt Hoffman of Rowan and quarterbacks Kyle Ray of Franklin and Ben McLaughlin of Louisiana College.

The Gagliardi Trophy, which is Division III football's most prestigious individual award, recognizes a student-athlete's excellence in football, academics and community service.

Watt was surprised, even given his at least one-in-four chance of winning. 

"It was nerve-wracking. I'm glad they brought four finalists here. It was a great experience to have the three others here.

"I'm just glad it's over with now."

The revamped ceremony included an interview session with each of the four finalists along with the usual highlight and testimonial videos before the final announcement of the winner.

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
TBA
University of New England at Coast Guard
Live stats
TBA
Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
Live stats
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
Live stats
Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Live stats
7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
Live stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live stats
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
Video Live stats
Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
Video Box Score Recap Photos