Elliott wins Gagliardi for outstanding D-III player

Updated: December 15, 2005, 5:20 PM ET
Associated Press

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- Prolific Linfield quarterback Brett Elliott has been named the recipient of the Gagliardi Trophy for the nation's top NCAA Division III player.

Elliott was also named a third-team AP Little All-American, after winning first-team honors last season.

The Gagliardi Trophy recognizes excellence in academics, athletics and community service. It is named after longtime St. John's University of Minnesota coach John Gagliardi, who has won more games (432) than any other coach.

Elliott completed 69.9 percent of his passes (277 of 396) for 4,019 yards and 49 touchdowns this season. He threw just nine interceptions.

He passed for more than 300 yards nine times this season, equaling an NCAA Div. III record, while the Wildcats finished 10-1, advancing to the division's playoff quarterfinals.

Elliott ends his Linfield career with 8,614 passing yards and 110 touchdowns.

After transferring from Utah, Elliott threw for a NCAA all-divisions record 61 touchdowns at Linfield in 2004. He also throwing for a Div. III record 4,595 yards, leading the undefeated Wildcats to the national championship.

Linfield coach Jay Locey, in his letter of support for Elliott's nomination, wrote: ``Few student-athletes today could match the widespread impact and accomplishments that Brett has achieved. Through it all, he has remained humble and genuine. He is indeed a rare person and truly a tremendous ambassador for Division III.''

The Wildcats celebrated their unprecedented 50th winning season this year. Linfield already surpassed the record for consecutive winning seasons back in 1998, when the team bettered Harvard (1881-1923) and Notre Dame (1889-1932).

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