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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Chadron State's Woodhead leads trio of Harlon Hill Award finalists

Associated Press

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Running back Danny Woodhead of Chadron State, the leading rusher in college football history, was among three record-setting finalists announced Monday for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which Woodhead won in 2006.

The other two finalists for the trophy given to Division II's top player are Delta State linebacker Michael Eubanks, who holds the Division II career record for sacks, and running back Bernard Scott of Abilene Christian, who set Division II records for touchdowns and points in a season.

The winner will be announced Dec. 14. The three finalists were the top vote-getters out of a field of nine candidates in voting by Division II sports information directors.

Woodhead, a senior from North Platte, Neb., is trying to become the third person in the award's 22-year history to be named national player of the year twice. He has been a Hill candidate for four straight years.

Woodhead finished his career as the leading rusher in the history of college football with 7,962 yards and ranks second all-time in all divisions in all-purpose yardage with 9,479. His 109 career touchdowns ties the NCAA record and his 654 career points ranks second all-time.

Eubanks, a senior from Cleveland, Miss., led one of the nation's top defensive units this season with 90 tackles, 12 sacks and 27 tackles for loss. He also helped lead Delta State to a 10-2 record that included a Gulf South Conference Championship and a spot in the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs.

Eubanks set the all-time Division II career record for quarterback sacks with 39 for 249 yards. He ranks third all-time in Division II history in career tackles for loss with 20.5 for 355 yards.

Scott, a junior from Vernon, Texas, set NCAA Division II records for touchdowns scored in a season (39), rushing touchdowns in a season (35) and points scored in a season (234). He rushed for 2,165 yards in 2007 and went over 100 yards in a game 11 times.