FLORENCE -- Zach Zulli capped a record-setting season by being named the top football player in NCAA Division II tonight.
The Shippensburg quarterback became the 27th Harlon Hill Trophy winner at a banquet at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.
Bloomsburg junior running back Franklyn Quiteh and Missouri Western State senior running back Michael Hill were the other two national finalists.
It's the first time a junior has won the award since current New England Patriots running Danny Woodhead won the first of his back-to-back in 2006. It's the seventh time in the 27 years of the award that a non-senior has won.
Zulli is the second quarterback to win the award since 2006.
He leads all divisions of college football this season with 54 touchdown passes and leads Division II with 4,747 passing yards. That mark is second among all divisions behind FCS Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke's 5,076 yards passing.
Zulli's touchdown passes set an NCAA single-season record and he broke the single-season records for points scored (344) and touchdowns scored (57).
Zulli set 25 school records this season. He set five single-game records in a 73-35 win against Kutztown, including 581 passing yards, nine touchdown passes, 46 completions and 61 pass attempts.
His passing yardage, passer rating (165.2), consecutive games with a touchdown pass (21), consecutive passes without an interception (200), career touchdown passes (88) and total offense yardage (8,085) are all school records.