MSU wide receiver Zylstra named to Harlon Hill Trophy ballot

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Minnesota State sophomore wide receiver Shane Zylstra has been named as a finalist on the Super Region 4 ballot for the Harlon Hill Trophy.

The Harlon Hill Trophy is given annually to the player selected as the top performer in NCAA Division II.

A total of 34 student-athletes, including eight from Super Region 4, have been named to the regional ballots, with the top two players from each region moving on to the national ballot when regional voting concludes on Nov. 27.

The list of candidates includes 13 quarterbacks, 12 running backs, four wide receivers and five defensive players. There are 17 seniors on the ballot from the four regions and 17 underclassmen.

Zylstra is the eighth Maverick and third wide receiver from Minnesota State to be named to the regional ballot.

The 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Zylstra has 45 catches for 769 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2017. He led the NSIC in receiving yards and touchdown catches this year and his 14 touchdown catches stands tied for the second-most in a season in Minnesota State history. Named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the course of the season, the Spicer, Minn., native recorded more than 100 receiving yards in three games in 2017, including a season-high 204 yards against Minnesota Duluth Sept. 16.

Zylstra helped lead Minnesota State to the NSIC regular-season championship this year and the Mavericks, who stand 12-0 for the season, have advanced to the second round of the NCAA postseason tournament after downing CSU-Pueblo last Saturday. MSU continues NCAA action this Saturday with a second-round contest vs. Midwestern State. Kick-off at Blakeslee Stadium in slated for noon.

Minnesota State Players and the Harlon Hill Trophy

Player Pos. Yr. Result
Jamie Pass QB 1993 National Finalist – 3rd place
Josh Nelsen WR 1994 National Finalist – 7th place
John Hebgen QB 1996 Regional Finalist
Tywan Mitchell WR 1998 Regional Finalist
Sean Treasure RB 2004 Regional Finalist
Ben King QB 2007 Regional Finalist
Jon Wolf QB 2013 National Finalist – 6th place
Joshua Gordon DE 2014 Regional Finalist
Shane Zylstra WR 2017 Regional Finalist

2017 Harlon Hill Super Region 4 Candidates

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. School/Hometown
Derek Gardeck LB 6-0 230 Sr. Sioux Falls/Lake in the Hills, Ill.
Ja’Quan Gardner RB 5-7 205 Sr. Humboldt State/Ceres, Calif.
Chad Hovasse WR 6-1 215 Jr. Adams State/Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cameron Mayberry RB 5-11 200 So. Colorado Mines/Stillwater, Okla.
Luis Perez QB 6-3 220 Sr. Texas A&M-Commerce/Chula Vista, Calif.
Layton Rabb QB 6-5 225 Jr. Midwestern State/Llano, Tex.
Paul Revis WR 5-9 175 Sr. Western Oregon/Scapoose, Ore.
Shane Zylstra WR 6-4 215 So. Minnesota State/Spicer, Minn.

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