Russell, Williams Nominated For National Honors

Russell, Williams Nominated For National Honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior quarterback Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) and senior left tackle Zack Williams (Hilliard, Ohio) were nominated for the Harlon Hill Trophy and the Upshaw Award, respectively.

The Harlon Hill is given out annually to the Division II Player of the Year, while the Upshaw Award is for the most outstanding senior offensive or defensive lineman. Both awards are voted on by the nation's sports information directors.

Russell authored one of the best seasons in ODU history, completing a school-record and Division II best 72.5 percent of his passes this fall. He averaged 318.2 yards passing per game, throwing for 30 touchdowns against just three interceptions, while running for six more scores. Russell had six games of 300 yards or more and threw for at least two touchdowns in every game. He also completed better than 64 percent of his passes in every game and hit on 70 percent or better in six contests.

A third-year starter, Russell earned two G-MAC Player of the Week awards and closed the regular season second in the country in passing efficiency and yards per pass attempt, fifth in passing yards per game, seventh in passing touchdowns and seventh in total offense.

Meanwhile, Williams was a four-year starter, making 43 starts in his career. This season, he helped guide the Panther offense to 510.5 yards per game, which ranks fifth in the country. The Panthers were third in the nation in third down conversions (52.9 percent) and despite playing just 10 games, finished 33rd nationally with 235 first downs.

The Panthers were also 14th in the country in red zone offense (90 percent) and allowed just 13 sacks the entire season.

Ohio Dominican finished the season with a 7-3 record and won the G-MAC championship with a convincing 49-24 victory over Findlay on Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles