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Tanney in Final Four for DIII Heisman

December 6, 2011

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney (Normal, Ill./Lexington) will compete against a familiar foe one last time after his selection as one of four finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, one of Division III’s most prestigious awards.

      The Gagliardi Trophy committee this week announced that Tanney, St. Thomas’s Fritz Waldvogel, Matt Blanchard of UW-Whitewater and Dubuque’s Michael Zweifel have been selected as the four finalists for the award, which will be presented next week. Tanney and Waldvogel met on the field in the second round of the NCAA playoffs last month, the second time in three years the two had met on the gridiron.

      The four finalists will come together for a banquet and the final award announcement in Salem, Va., on Dec. 14. The presentation ceremony will be streamed live at 6 p.m. CST on The trophy presentation comes just two days before the Division III championship game in Salem.

      The trophy – loosely referred to as the “Division III Heisman” – recognizes DIII’s outstanding football player based on academic and athletic achievements as well as community service. Sponsored by Jostens and the J-Club of Saint John’s University (Minn.), the trophy was first awarded in 1993.

      It’s the second time in his career Tanney has made the field of four. He first made the finals in 2009, the same year he won the Melberger Award as the division’s top football player. That award is based solely on the player’s on-field performance.

     A business major, Tanney participated in the college’s first-ever phonecast, which updated Monmouth alumni on the many changes at the college. He also volunteered locally at the Warren County YMCA and Lincoln Elementary School in Monmouth and participates in the football team’s annual spring cleanup each April.

      This marks the third time in six years the Fighting Scots have had a player among the finalists. Tanney’s older brother, Mitch, was a Gagliardi finalist in 2005. 

 Dan Nolan

Monmouth College Sports Information Director


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