- Associated Press - Friday, December 17, 2010

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

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.