Hibbett chosen as national finalist for Harlon Hill Trophy

Hibbett-_AndyBy Adam Cavalier

Carson-Newman football running back Andy Hibbett has been named a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy which is presented to the best football player in Division II.

Hibbett becomes the third Carson-Newman player to make it the award’s final round. Quarterback Leonard Guyton was a finalists in 2002, while Tyrone Westmoreland was the first Harlon Hill finalists in 1997.

Hibbett produced a season for the ages for the Eagles. He set a school record by rushing for more than 100 yards in eight consecutive games. His 1,394 yards on the season are the eighth highest tally in school history. Hibbett secured his spot in the Eagle record books with 37 career rushing touchdowns.

“It goes to the credit of the coaches and offensive line,” Hibbett said. “It’s not an individual, this a credit to our team.”

“They made it easy on me,” He said. “They’re giving it their all every single play.  They’re 300 pounds and moving us up and down the field quickly. A lot of it started up front with (All-America candidate) Robby Ignagni. He and the rest of the lineman made certain I wasn’t going to get touched until I was six, seven yards down the field. They let me just outrun people.”

The finalists were selected by the NCAA Division II sports information directors in regional voting and will now be placed on the national ballot where all 168 of the division’s sports information directors will select the award’s 29th winner.

National voting will conclude on December 13. The winner of the 2014 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced on Friday, December 19 and the winner will be honored at a luncheon on the University of North Alabama campus on January 9, 2015.

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