CMU's Czerniewski wins Harlon Hill Trophy

Eric Czerniewski, of the University of Central Missouri, poses with the Harlon Hill Trophy after receiving the award for the NCAA Div II Football Player of the Year during ceremonies in Florence, Ala., Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Eric Czerniewski, of the University of Central Missouri, poses with the Harlon Hill Trophy after receiving the award for the NCAA Div II Football Player of the Year during ceremonies in Florence, Ala., Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Dave Martin

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski has won the Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II’s top football player.

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Eric Czerniewski of Central Missouri won the Harlon Hill Trophy on Friday in Florence, Ala.

Czerniewski received 164 total points, six more than West Liberty (W.Va.) University quarterback Zach Amedro in the closest voting in the award’s 25-year history.

Czerniewski received the trophy Friday on the eve of the Division II championship game.

Amedro was the runner-up for the second straight year. Northwest Missouri State quarterback Blake Bolles was third with 64 points in voting by Division II sports information directors.

Czerniewski set Division II records this season with 5,207 yards passing and a nation-leading 46 touchdown passes. He guided Central Missouri to an 11-3 record and into the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

Harlon Hill was a star receiver for Florence State Teachers College — now North Alabama — and the Chicago Bears.

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