Ferris State’s Vander Laan wins Harlon Hill Trophy

Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan runs for a touchdown.


FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan won his second straight Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II’s top player.

Vander Laan’s 217 total points ranks as the fourth-highest total by a winner in the award’s 30-year history. He was honored Friday.

Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan. (Dec. 18, 2015)
Vander Laan.

Vander Laan received 51 first-place votes among the 101 ballots cast by Division II sports information directors.

He’s the fourth player to win the Harlon Hill twice.

He passed for 2,626 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 1,542 yards and 24 scores.

Vander Laan was followed in the voting by Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner (107 points) and Colorado State-Pueblo running back Cameron McDondle, who got 90 points.

The trophy is named for the late Harlon Hill, a former North Alabama and Chicago Bears player.

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