Findlay, Ohio – Two days after putting up career-highs in both carries and rushing yards in a win over the No. 2 team in the nation, Oilers' senior Daouda Sylla can find his name on the ballot for the 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy, the award given to the most valuable player in NCAA Division II.
Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 169 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. The 34 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 27. There are 10 nominees from Super Region 1, seven from Super Region 2, nine from Super Region 3 and eight from Super Region 4.
Sylla, a Ypsilanti, Michigan native, has been the lead back for an offense that ranks third in the nation in scoring (46.0), third in the nation in total offense (515.3), and sixth in the nation in rushing offense (274.3). Findlay's back has rushed 219 times for 1,471 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. His touchdowns and total rushing yards rank sixth in the country this season.