Saint John's Carter Hanson wins Jostens' 2016 Gagliardi Trophy
Honor recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service
Collegeville, MN - Dec 15, 2016

Carter Hanson, Saint John's University senior linebacker, received the 2016 Gagliardi Trophy yesterday in Salem, Va. Presented by Jostens and the J-Club of Saint John's, the honor identifies Hanson as the most outstanding NCAA Division III football player of fall 2016.

The award was presented during a kick-off banquet for the Division III championship weekend, which culminates in the Stagg Bowl on Friday, Dec. 16.

The Gagliardi Trophy, given annually since 1993, recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award is named after John Gagliardi, Saint John's legendary Hall of Fame head football coach who retired in 2012 with 489 career victories, the most in college football history.

Hanson is the second defensive player to win the Gagliardi Trophy (Wesley defensive back Rocky Myers in 2004) and the third recipient in Saint John’s history. He earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as one of the 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, and was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America first team for the second consecutive season in fall 2016.

In regard to community service, Hanson is the director of corporate sponsorship for Square One, an on-campus organization that seeks to create lasting micro-business ventures in developing countries. As part of Square One, Hanson traveled to Haiti in January 2016 to help establish a sustainable food source for a chicken coop business that was created in 2014.

Hanson volunteered with Kids Against Hunger in March 2016, where he helped pack 45,576 meals for starving people around the world. He also helped the Saint John's football team raise money for Tackle Cancer and the "Up Till Dawn" campaign, directing donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital the past two years. He also served as a basketball official for a local Special Olympics tournament in February 2016.

During his time with the Saint John's Marketing Club, Hanson worked with Meridian, a bat-making company, to help market its products in fall 2015. He’s also a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which has conducted multiple campus clean-ups. Hanson serves as SAAC president for the 2016-2017 school year. Additionally, he is a member of Saint John's Student Conduct Board, is on the advisory board for the Society for the Advancement of Management, and chairs the school's Senior Class Committee.

A global business leadership major with a 4.0 GPA, Hanson intends to pursue an MBA after he graduates. He is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, as well as a two-time Academic All-MIAC honoree. Additionally, he’s a two-time recipient of the MIAC Elite 22 Award for football, which is presented to the individual with the highest GPA among the conference's top two teams in the final standings.

Hanson is a three-time All-West Region second-team honoree, and received the website's All-America honorable mention in 2015. He was a consensus (, Lindy's and The Sporting News) preseason All-American in summer 2016.

During the 2016 season, Hanson started all 12 games and led his team with 74 tackles (29 solo), including eight for a loss, three interceptions, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble. He also posted a team-best 10 passes defensed and seven pass break-ups. A four-year starter, he finished fifth in school history with 316 total tackles, sixth in solo tackles (148), and eighth in assisted tackles (168).

The Johnnies' defense ended its regular season ranked second out of 244 NCAA Division III teams, in both total defense (195.6 ypg.) and pass-efficiency defense (84.65). The team ranked third in both rushing defense (60.0 ypg.) and first downs allowed (106), fourth in scoring defense (10.7 ppg.), sixth in passing defense (135.6 ypg.), and 14th in takeaways (27).

More about the Gagliardi Trophy

The trophy design features a sculpture of Gagliardi and a player, representing the teacher-coach and the student-athlete in a one-on-one sideline consultation. Hand-cast in bronze on a polished wood base, the trophy stands nearly two feet tall and weighs approximately 64 pounds. The words "The Gagliardi Trophy presented by Jostens & J-Club" are printed on the acrylic panel behind the figures. The words "Division III 2016 Player of the Year" and "Honoring Excellence in Football, Academics and Community Service" are etched on two panels below the figures.

Nominations were submitted by colleges across the country, and the finalists were selected by the J-Club Board of Directors. The Gagliardi Trophy national-selection committee is comprised of 40 former college football players, former Gagliardi Trophy recipients, business leaders, academicians and sports writers from around the country. Each casts a ballot ranking the finalists. College football fans can also vote online.

The other three finalists

Matt Barnes, Monmouth College (Ill.)
6-0, 225 | Senior | Linebacker | Spanish and International Business
Colfax, Ill./Ridgeview High School

Is Monmouth's leader in total tackles (108), solo tackles (38) and assisted tackles (70)…captained a defense that led Division III in both scoring defense (8.4 ppg.) and passing defense (116.4 ypg.), third in total defense (199.0 ypg.), fifth in first downs allowed (107) and fifth in third-down defense (.240)…recipient of Tom Johnson academic scholarship, awarded to college's top business student…three-time Academic All-Conference…2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District…six-time Dean's List honoree…assisted with Mortar Board Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser.

Trevor Heitland, Coe College (Iowa)
5-11, 196 | Senior | Running Back | Business Administration and Accounting
Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy High School

IIAC's Offensive Most Valuable Player…led NCAA Division III in all-purpose yards per game (217.6) and was second in rushing yards (1,619) and ninth in total touchdowns (18)…had four 200-yard rushing games during the regular season…contributes to Meals on Wheels, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Read Across America and various youth football camps.

Sam Riddle, Linfield College (Ore.)
6-2, 205 | Senior | Quarterback | Business Management
Hillsboro, Ore./Century High School

Two-time NWC Offensive Player of the Year…finished sixth in Division III in yards per pass attempt (10.01) and tied for ninth with 31 passing touchdowns in nine games…produced 2,714 yards of total offense…set career records for total offense and touchdowns responsible for at Linfield…helped raise money for the team sponsorship of two young men from Africa and Bolivia through World Vision, and to provide food for a local family over Christmas.

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