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Reilly named Finalist for Harlon Hill Trophy

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FLORENCE, Ala. (Nov. 17) -- Central Washington University quarterback Mike Reilly (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) has been announced as one of eight national finalists for the 2008 Harlon Hill Trophy, it was announced Monday. 

Reilly, the Wildcats' record-setting senior quarterback, was announced as one of two finalists from the Super Regional Four. Joining Reilly as the regional representatives on the final national ballot is Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott. Of the eight national finalists, six are quarterbacks while one is a wide receiver and Scott is the lone running back. 

Reilly completed his collegiate career with the Wildcats this past Saturday, as Central Washington fell to host West Texas A&M, 49-42, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Reilly, the unanimous 2008 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, threw for a career-high 420 yards against the Buffs, also establishing a single-game career-high for total offensive yards (461) and pass attempts (61). He matched his career-high of five touchdown passes in the loss to WT. 

In addition to the single-game totals Reilly amassed against West Texas A&M, he also broke the final two career major passing records in school history, becoming the school's all-time leader for yards (12,448) and pass attempts (1,553). He finished his career owning virtually every career passing record in the history of the program, passing NFL quarterback Jon Kitna in the process. Reilly's final career numbers included 995 completions, 1,553 attempts, 12,448 yards, 118 touchdowns, a 151.32 quarterback rating, completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts, and was responsible for 132 career touchdowns. His 1,263 career rushing yards were also the most ever by a Wildcat quarterback. 

While his numbers ranked atop the CWU career charts, Reilly has also left his mark among the NCAA Division II all-time ranks. He finished his career ranked third in Division II history in passing yards and total offense, and his 46 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass were a NCAA all-divisions record. Reilly also posted a 34-12 record as the Wildcats' starting quarterback. 

Below is a list of the eight Harlon Hill Trophy national finalists. Voting will be done by sports information directors at the 154 football-playing Division II institutions between now and Nov. 29, with the top three vote-getters being invited to attend the trophy presentation ceremony in Florence, Ala., on Dec. 12 -- the night before the NCAA Division II National Championship game. 

Trevor Harris, Jr., QB, Edinboro (Pa.) 
Brad Iciek, Jr., QB, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 
A.J. Milwee, Sr., QB, North Alabama 
Corey Russell, Sr., QB, Tusculum (Tenn.) 
Ted Schlafke, Sr., QB, Minnesota Duluth 
Bernard Scott, Sr., RB, Abilene Christian (Texas) 
Michael Washington, Sr., WR, West Chester (Pa.)