Shenandoah University quarterback Hayden Bauserman was announced on Thursday as a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, the Division III equivalent of the Heisman Trophy that encompasses athletics, academics and community service, according to a news release from SU.
Bauserman is the first Shenandoah player to be a finalist for the award, which is named after Hall of Fame coach John Gagliardi. The 2018 winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 14 before the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Shenandoah, Texas.
Bauserman, a Woodstock native and Central High School graduate who is studying environmental science at SU, has a 3.47 GPA and was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s J. Stokely Fulton Offensive Player of the Year last month. The Division III regular-season leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, Bauserman completed 355 of 555 passes for 3,832 yards and 43 TDs as a senior in 2018.
His 132 passing touchdowns leads all active NCAA players, according to the release.
Bauserman was named second team All-Region by D3Football.com, the TD Club of Richmond Offensive Back of the Year this week, and earlier on Thursday was announced as a finalist for the Lanier Award given to the top NCAA Division II/III/NAIA player in Virginia.
Off the field, Bauserman is a six-time Athletic Director’s List honoree, was named ODAC All-Academic three times and Academic All-State twice. His community service includes serving as a reader in local elementary schools and with the American Red Cross, according to the release.
Bauserman is one of four finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, a list that includes Lamar Carswell from Trine (Indiana), Jackson Erdmann from St. John’s (Minnesota) and Matt Sacia from Wartburg (Iowa).
“What an outstanding honor for Hayden,” Hornets head coach Scott Yoder is quoted as saying in the release. “He has been an outstanding leader for us on and off the field for his entire career and he truly deserves this honor. We are so proud to see him recognized.”