St. John’s University (Minnesota) senior quarterback Jackson Erdmann won the Gagliardi Trophy, awarded to the top football player in NCAA Division III, topping a group of finalists that included Shenandoah University senior quarterback Hayden Bauserman, D3football.com announced on Friday evening during its pregame broadcast of the Stagg Bowl.
Erdmann, one of three quarterbacks among the quartet of finalists, completed 224 of 334 passes for 3,450 yards, 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2018 while leading the Johnnies to the quarterfinal round of the Division III playoffs. His 47 touchdown passes in 13 games played lead the nation, as does his pass-effeciency rating (189.8)
Erdmann received 93 percent of all possible voter points, according to D3football.com.
Bauserman, Division III’s passing leader through the regular season, completed 355 of 555 passes for 3,832 yards, 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his final collegiate season at Shenandoah. Despite playing in only 10 games, Bauserman’s passing yards still rank second in the country, and he trails only Erdmann for the passing TD lead.
Wartburg College (Iowa) senior quarterback Matt Sacia, a 2017 Gagliardi finalist, was second in the voting for this year’s award, according to D3football.com. He completed 226 of 323 passes for 3,071 yards, 34 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 11 games.