Rashaad Slowley Named A 2011 Harlon Hill Award Candidate
Rashaad Slowley has been named a candidate for the 2011 Harlon Hill Award.
11/11/2011 11:35:00 AM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Southern Connecticut State University senior running back Rashaad Slowley
(Mount Vernon, N.Y.) has been named as one of 22 candidates for the 2011 Harlon Hill Award, presented annually to the top player in Division II. Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 148 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. The 22 initial candidates will be placed on regional ballots and the top two players from each of the four NCAA regions will advance to the national ballot when regional voting concludes on November 19.
Slowley leads all of college football, at all three levels, in scoring with 27 touchdowns and 162 points, an average of 18.0 points per game. He also ranks No. 3 in Division II and No. 7 in all of college football in rushing yards per game (151.7) and No. 8 in Division II in all-purpose yards (176.3). His 27 touchdowns are a new SCSU single-season record.
Slowley's performance in crunch time has been especially noteworthy. In a Sept. 17 game against St. Anselm, he set a new school-record with six touchdown runs, and the Owls needed all the points in a 59-34 win. Two weeks later, with SCSU trailing by 14 points at halftime against Assumption, he ran for 236 of his 288 yards after the break to ignite an Owls' comeback. The 236 yards were the second-highest single-half total in NCAA Division II history, trailing only former teammate Jarom Freeman's 251 yard effort in the first half of a Nov. 2, 2007 game against Bryant.
A two-time Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and eight-time weekly honoree by the league this year, Slowley has also posted eight straight games with at least 100 yards and two efforts with more than 200 yards. He has scored a touchdown in all nine games this year, including eight straight multiple touchdown performances to open the year.
In all, Slowley has totaled 247 carries for 1,365 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns and also hauled in 20 catches for 222 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He also leads the Northeast-10 Conference in rushing and touchdowns and is second in all-purpose yards.
In addition, Slowley has currently moved into third place all-time at SCSU in scoring (260 points) and touchdowns (43), just one touchdown away from moving into second place. He is also currently fourth all-time in school history with 3,241 yards. His 1,365 yards to date are the seventh highest single-season total in school history.
The winner of the 2011 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 26th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, December 16 at the Florence Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. This year's Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 13th induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.
Southern Connecticut (7-2, 6-1 Northeast-10 Conference) closes the regular season on Saturday with a home game against Merrimack. Game time is set for 1 p.m. All of the action can be seen live on www.sportingnewsct.com.