Sunday, January 18, 2015

2014 All-Bilo Quarterback of the Year Finalists and Winner: D2

Here are my finalists for the 2014 D2 All-Bilo QB of the Year:

Justin Dvorak, Colorado Mines
Tyrik Rollison, Texas A&M-Commerce
Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State

Dvorak led the nation with 4287 yards passing in 2014, over 340 yards more than the next nearest passer. The sophomore tossed 36 TDs against 10 picks on the year, and was yet another example of the offensive expertise of head coach Bob Stitt, who left after the season for Montana. Look for Dvorak to be back at it as the front runner for this award in 2015 as a junior.

Rollison, a senior, finished off his career with a solid effort by passing for 3764 yards, good for fourth nationally. He added 31 TDs to just 9 picks on the season to make a strong case as a finalist for this award.

Kevin Rodgers finished 8th in passing nationally, but was one of the few D2 QBs to manage the vaunted 3:1 TD to INT ratio by passing for 3602 yards, 34 TDs, and 11 picks on the season. Rodgers, a senior, will be difficult to replace in 2015.

And the winner is...

Justin Dvorak, Colorado Mines
Dvorak more than led the nation in passing yardage and pass completions (370) in 2014, and becomes a rare sophomore to win the All-Bilo QB of the Year Award, making him eligible for the next two seasons as well. Head Coach Bob Stitt will be gone, but the program will move on, and likely do so successfully with Dvorak in control under center. Congratulations to Justin and to the Colorado Mines program.

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