Wesley’s Callahan now a finalist for Gagliardi

DOVER – For the second straight season, Wesley College quarterback Joe Callahan has been selected as a finalist for the coveted Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III.

Callahan is among the final four honorees in contention to earn the Gagliardi Trophy.

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Wesley QB Joe Callahan is only the second player in college football history to throw for 5,000 yards and 55 TDs in a season. (Delaware State News file photo).

A 2014 Gagliardi Trophy finalist and a 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team honoree, Callahan directed the Wolverines to the NCAA quarterfinals and ended the regular season as the Division III leader in five statistical categories: passing efficiency (196.0), passing touchdowns (43), passing yards (3,809), points responsible for per game (29.6) and total offense (410.6 ypg.).

In the postseason, Callahan became the only NCAA Division III quarterback to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a season. His 55 touchdown passes this year were the second-most in NCAA Division III history.

Callahan joins Hawaii’s Colt Brennan (’06) as the only two quarterbacks in college football history to throw for 5,000 or more yards and at least 55 touchdowns in a season.

Wesley has had one Gagliardi Trophy winner in the program’s history. Rocky Myers (’05) received the award after the 2004 season, and is still the only defensive player to ever earn the honor. The NCAA Division III Defensive Back of the Year award is now named the “Rocky Myers Trophy.”

The 23rd annual Gagliardi Trophy will be presented on Dec. 16, in Salem, Va., at a banquet kicking off the Division III championship weekend, which culminates in the Stagg Bowl on Dec. 18. The four finalists will be on hand for the announcement of the winner and presentation of the trophy at the banquet, which will be video webcast live on D3football.com.


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