CEDAR FALLS - Northern Iowa redshirt freshman quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen threw for 2,460 yards and 21 touchdowns this season for the Panthers and was honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference for his efforts.
Kollmorgen was voted the MVFC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year, according to a press release by the conference Tuesday.
Kollmorgen was the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in UNI history. The Jenks, Okla., native finished second in the conference with 228 yards per game and second in passing yards per game with 222. He also was first in pass efficiency at 141.9, threw for more than 200 yards in nine games this season and tallied a career-high 333 yards against Youngstown State.
The UNI freshman beat out South Dakota State's T.J. Lally for both awards. Kollmorgen garnered 67 points in the newcomer voting, while Lally finished with 33. Lally only received 35 votes in the freshman voting, trailing Kollmorgen by 27. Indiana State's Connor Underwood finished third in both votes.
Kollmorgen joins the ranks of Tirrell Rennie, who was Newcomer of the Year in 2010, along with Darian Williams and Terrance Freeney on the list on UNI athletes that were named MVFC Newcomer of the Year. He is the first Panther to earn conference freshman of the year since Eric Sanders was honored in 2004.
Kollmorgen earned his second MVFC Newcomer of the Week honor this past weekend when he threw for 265 yards and two scores against Missouri State. The Panthers beat Missouri State, 38-13, on Senior Day.