MINNEAPOLIS - University of Dubuque senior quarterback Wyatt Hanus has been named as a finalist for the 2012 Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III.
Hanus, a 2009 North Tama High School graduate, was named the 2012 Iowa Conference's Offensive Most Valuable Player for his second all-conference first-team selection. He led the IIAC - and ranks ninth nationally - with 316.5 passing yards per game to go along with 27 touchdowns as the Spartans topped the conference in passing offense.
The 6-foot-4 Traer native eclipsed 300 passing yards in six of 10 games this season, graduating as Dubuque's all-time leader in passing yards (8,394), completions (670) and touchdowns (82). He was also a three-time academic all-conference honoree.
The Gagliardi Trophy will be presented on Dec. 12 in Salem, Ore., at a banquet kicking off the D-III championship weekend.
Gaedke a second-team all-GPAC pick
SIOUX CITY - Morningside College running back Josh Gaedke has been named to the second-team offense of the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference football squad.
Gaedke is a 2009 Colo-NESCO High School graduate who earned all-state first-team honors as a senior linebacker in 2008. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound junior is a Waldorf College transfer who currently is fourth on the Morningside squad in rushing yards (364).
Gaedke had a 19-yard touchdown reception in the third-ranked Mustangs' 47-44 overtime win over No. 10 Southern Oregon (9-3) in Saturday's NAIA Football Championship quarterfinals in Sioux City. Morningside (12-0) hosts No. 4-ranked Saint Xavier (Ill.) in this Saturday's noon semifinal.