Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mount Union's Micheli wins Gagliardi Trophy as Division III football's outstanding player

Mount Union quarterback Greg Micheli has been named winner of the Gagliardi Trophy, awarded each year to honor the outstanding NCAA Division III football player. Micheli emerged from a field of 10 finalists. Sponsored by Jostens and the Saint John’s University, Minnesota, J-Club, the Gagliardi Trophy recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service.

Micheli received the trophy Thursday night in Salem, Virginia, as part of the 2008 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl festivities. Mount Union and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater meet tomorrow for the second consecutive year in this bowl game, which decides the NCAA Division III national championship. The Purple Raiders of Mount Union hope to avenge last year's loss in the title game. The game begins at 11 a.m. EST; the cable channel ESPN2 will televise the game live.

Update: Mount Union also won the championship game Saturday, 31-26.

-- Bob Burke