Spud Dick Named One of Four Gagliardi Finalists and Earns Top Vote from Fans
December 10, 2009
December 10, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw senior quarterback Spud Dick has been named one of the four finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy which is recognized as the top football award given in Division III honoring excellence in athletics, academics and campus/community service.
The award is named for St. John's (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in college football history with 471 career victories.
The award program is sponsored by Jostens, Inc. and conducted by the J-Club of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.
Dick, who was named one of 10 finalists two weeks ago, was the top player selected from the South Region. He joins Union (N.Y.) College senior quarterback John Peters, Augustana (Ill.) College senior offensive tackle Blaine Westemeyer and Monmouth (Ill.) junior quarterback Alex Tanney.
The national winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 15, and the recipient will be presented with the trophy on Thursday evening, December 17, at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., as part of the festivities leading up to the Division III National Championship game played in Salem on Saturday, December 19.
The Gagliardi winner is selected by a 35-member national selection committee composed of coaches, sports writers, community leaders and former Division III student-athletes enshrined in the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame. Dick was the top vote-getter in the third year of online voting and that vote joined the 35 committee votes.
Dick led DePauw to its third Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title in school history and the program's first-ever NCAA Division III Championship appearance. He finished his career as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's all-time passing leader with 9,312 career passing yards.
The Indianapolis native and Lawrence Central High School graduate shattered the DePauw record book. In 38 career starts, he set school career records for passing yards, completion percentage (65.5%), pass attempts (1,195), pass completions (783), touchdown passes (76), pass efficiency (145.11), total offense yards (9,293) and total plays (1,322).
In leading the 7-3 Tigers this season, he broke his own school record for completion percentage at 71.3 percent which also established an SCAC mark. His eight 300-yard passing games were also a school record. He earned All-SCAC First Team honors this year after garnering second team selections each of the last two seasons.
Through six semesters, Dick has posted a 3.59 cumulative grade point average while majoring in economics. A Management Fellow at DePauw, Dick has been named to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll three times and was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection earlier this month.
Dick has also participated in the football team's community service projects which includes volunteering at the Indiana Women's Basketball Special Olympics State Championship which is hosted annually at DePauw. He has joined the team in visiting children hospitalized at Riley Hospital for Children and participated in a local reading program for K-2 grades.
He's also been active in the fall break service marathon with the local senior center which provides services for those in need in the community. Last summer, he volunteered at the U.S. Men's Senior Golf Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club.