15 Semifinalists for 2022 Gagliardi Trophy Announced

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Thirteen seniors, one junior and one graduate student make up the semifinalists for the 2022 Gagliardi Trophy, an award presented by Jostens and the J-Club of Saint John’s University to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III. The semifinalist list also contains nominees from all six NCAA regions. Multiple positions are represented with six quarterbacks, four running backs, two wide receivers, two defensive linemen and one offensive lineman.

D3football.com will reveal the finalists on a live streaming broadcast on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Thirteen of the 15 semifinalists participated in the first round of the Division III playoffs.

After screening the schools’ nominations, the SJU J-Club Board of Directors narrowed the field to 15 semifinalists.

The 40-member Gagliardi Trophy national selection committee reviews the credentials, ranks the candidates 1-15 and casts their votes. Fan balloting, which is available on D3football.com, accounts for the 41st ballot, and is being conducted on D3football.com for the 12th consecutive season. Fans will be permitted to cast one ballot per device, through 1 pm ET on Dec. 3.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given annually since 1993, recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award is named after the late John Gagliardi, Saint John’s legendary Hall of Fame head football coach who retired in 2012 with 489 career victories, the most in college football history. Gagliardi passed away in October 2018 at the age of 91.

In its message to the voting panel, the Gagliardi Trophy administration reminds voters: “The Gagliardi Trophy is a football award but incorporates the philosophy of the well-rounded student-athlete.”

Depending on the year, between 10 and 15 semifinalists have been sent to the voters in the past.

Nominations were submitted by colleges across the country, and the semifinalists were selected by the J-Club Board of Directors. The Gagliardi Trophy national selection committee is comprised of 18 Division III coaches (three from each NCAA Region), six Division III administrators (one from each region), twelve regional notable voters (two from each region), and eight national voters with Division III backgrounds. A fan vote, which runs until Dec. 3, will be live soon on D3football.com.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given annually since 1993, recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award is named after John Gagliardi, Saint John’s legendary Hall of Fame head football coach who passed away at the age of 91 in 2018. John retired in 2012 with 489 career victories, the most in college football history.

The Gagliardi Trophy finalists will be announced during a live show on Wednesday, Dec. 7, on D3football.com. Hosts Pat Coleman and Frank Rossi will profile the finalists during the program. The 2022 Gagliardi Trophy winner will be revealed on D3football.com during the week of the NCAA Division III football national championship on Friday, Dec. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. CT. In the lead up to the announcement of the 2022 Gagliardi Trophy winner, D3football.com and the J-Club Twitter account (@JClubSJU) will provide updates on specific dates and times of the announcement.

The J-Club and Jostens awarded the 2021 Gagliardi Trophy to Central senior quarterback Blaine Hawkins.

Nominations were submitted by colleges across the country, and the semifinalists were selected by the J-Club Board of Directors. The Gagliardi Trophy national selection committee is comprised of 18 Division III coaches (three from each NCAA Region), six Division III administrators (one from each region), twelve regional notable voters (two from each region), and eight national voters with Division III backgrounds. A fan vote, which runs until Dec. 3, will be live soon on D3football.com.

No J-Club members vote as part of the national selection committee.

Here are the 2022 Gagliardi Trophy semi-finalists:

Will Bowers, Wheaton (IL)
QB | 6-2, 194 | Graduate Student| Master’s Program in Global Leadership

Ethan Greenfield, North Central (IL)
RB | 5-9, 213 | senior | sportsmanagement

Kyle King, Mary Hardin-Baylor
QB/P | 6-3, 220 | senior | Exercise and Sports Science

Evan Lewandowski, UW-Whitewater
QB | 6-4, 194 | Senior |Human Performance

Jon Lewis, Birmingham-Southern
RB | 5-10, 194 | Sophomore | Business

Phil Lutz, Tufts
WR | 6-0, 180| senior | History

Jon Murray Jr., Baldwin Wallace
RB | 6-1, 195 | senior | Psychology

Michael Nobile, Delaware Valley
DE | 6-0, 250 | senior | Business Administration

Nate Palmer, Utica
WR | 5-7, 160 | senior | Criminal Intelligence Analysis

Braxton Plunk, Mount Union
QB | 6-0, 180 | senior | marketing

Jaran Roste, Bethel
QB | 6-4, 220 | senior | Social StudiesEducation

Joey Stutzman, UW-La Crosse
RB | 5-7, 190 | senior | physical education

Boomer Warren, Hardin-Simmons
OL | 5-9, 260 | senior | History

AJ Wingfield, Ithaca
QB | 5-11, 180 | senior | Business Administration

Michael Wozniak, Saint John’s
DL | 6-3, 255 | senior | accounting

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