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|Tanney's Bid for Trophy Comes Up Short
|POSTED 9:49 a-m 12/15/09 Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney gave it his best shot, but this year's Gagliardi Trophy - the nation's top Division III award - went to an offensive lineman instead.
Tanney - the only junior in the field of four finalists - was edged in the voting by the Gagliardi Trophy committee by Augustana (Ill.) offensive lineman Blake Westemeyer. A four-year starter at tackle, Westemeyer is the first offensive lineman to receive the award in its 16-year history.
Monmouth's Tanney can appreciate the talent of an offensive lineman. The 6-4, 200 pound signal-caller took snaps this season behind a line that featured four all-conference players: Josh Kotecki, Dan Schwindehammer, Seth Hill and Nick Hoffman. Kotecki and Schwindenhammer, along with Tanney, were also named preseason All-Americans.
Tanney, who holds the Monmouth career passing record of 10,158 yards and led Division III with 3,856 passing yards, was also appreciative of originally making the field of the top 10 finalists, nine of which were seniors. Being named to the final four was a bonus.
"Being compared with the top seniors in the country and making the top 10 was rewarding," said Tanney. "Making the final four was icing on the cake. It's really a great honor to be recognized by the entire country and is great for our program."
The Scots' program has rolled to a 28-5 record in Tanney's three seasons at quarterback. Since 2004 with a Tanney at quarterback (older brother Mitch was a Gagliardi top 10 finalist in 2005 and a two-year starter at QB) the Scots have had two Gagliardi top 10 finalists and won three conference titles. That's the highest concentration of league crowns since the Fighting Scots won conference titles in 1931, '32 and '34.
"Making it to the final four in the voting is really a reflection of the success of the team as a whole," said Tanney.
(Monmouth College Athletics)