Hume Named Upshaw Award Finalist
December 1, 2011
Cheyney University senior defensive end Tim Hume, Gannon University defensive tackle senior Randy Colling,and University of New Haven senior offensive guard David Stedman were named Thursday as finalists for the 2011 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award.
Colling, Hume and Stedman earned their spots on the Upshaw Award national ballot by being selected as the top linemen in a field 16 candidates from schools in Super Region One. The super region includes teams from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Northeast-10 Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Hume received five first-place and seven second-place votes to earn the top spot among the Super Region One candidates. Colling (five first-place votes, four second-place votes) and Stedman (four first-place votes, five second-place votes) tied for second place.
The top two candidates from each of the four NCAA Division II super regions earned spots on the Upshaw Award national ballot.
The winner of this year’s Upshaw Award will earn an automatic invitation to participate in the East/West Shrine all-star game as well as a trophy presented by the Manheim (Pa.) Touchdown Club, which sponsored the award for the eighth consecutive season.
The winner of the 2011 Upshaw Award will be announced Jan. 22, 2012 during the East/West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Kutztown University senior defensive end Brett Moss finished fourth in this year’s Super Region One competition, followed by Winston-Salem State University senior offensive center Markus Lawrence, East Stroudsburg University senior center Dan Caffrey, California (Pa.) senior defensive tackle Thomas Mulabah, Slippery Rock University redshirt junior center Austin Fedell, Lincoln University (Pa.) junior defensive end Tim Green and Clarion University senior defensive end Barrington Morrison.
Rounding out the list of Super Region One candidates were Shepherd University senior offensive tackle Steven Jackson, Edinboro University senior defensive end Keir Jeter, Concord University senior center Brandon Link, Southern Connecticut State University senior defensive lineman Ike Igbinosun, Shippensburg University junior nose tackle Mark Kahlil Smith and Lock Haven University redshirt junior defensive tackle Skyler Wool.
Hume, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound native of Harrisburg, Pa. and graduate of Susquehanna High School, was named as the 2011 PSAC-Eastern Division “Defensive Player of the Year” and earned first-team Daktronics, Inc., all-super-region honors this fall after he tied for second place in the conference (21.5) and ranked sixth nationally in tackles for loss (1.95 per game). A first-team All-PSAC-East selection, Hume led his team in sacks with 6.5 for -47 yards. He was named to All-PSAC-East honors for the third consecutive season. He was also a Preseason All-America selection by Consensus Draft Services.
Colling, a 6-5, 320-pound native of Arcade, N.Y. and graduate of Pioneer High School, tied with Hume for second place in the conference and sixth place nationally in tackles for loss. A first-team Daktronics All-Super Region One selection, Colling also ranked third in the PSAC in quarterback sacks with nine and was eighth in tackles per game (8.0). His sacks and tackles for loss totals both ranked second all-time at Gannon. Colling, who started every game in his final three collegiate seasons, earned first-team All-PSAC-West honors for the second straight season and was also named to the Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-America team.
Stedman, a 6-2, 275-pound native of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. and graduate of Hasbrouck Heights High School, was named as the Northeast-10 Conference “Offensive Lineman of the Year” and earned first-team all-conference honors this fall. A first-team Daktronics, Inc., All-Super Region One selection this fall, he anchored an offensive line that helped New Haven rank fifth nationally in scoring offense with a 42.9 points per game average and earn the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Super Region One playoffs. Stedman earned first-team New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team honors as well as second-team Daktronics and third-team Football Gazette all-super-region honors in 2010.
Colling, Hume and Stedman seek to follow the lead of West Liberty University offensive tackle Ben Staggs (2009) and Slippery Rock center Brandon Fusco (2010) and become the third straight Super Region One athlete to win the Upshaw Award.
The Upshaw Award is named in honor of former Gene Upshaw, who played college football at Texas A&I University and later earned All-Pro honors as an offensive lineman for the NFL Oakland Raiders. A member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mr. Upshaw served as executive director of the NFL Players Association from 1983 until his death in 2008.