Kevin Morton 2012 Harlon Hill Nominee





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Published on Nov 14, 2012

Kutztown University's record-setting quarterback Kevin Morton is once again a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Presented annually to the top football player in NCAA Division II, Morton is a candidate for the award for the third-straight year.
While Morton has put together three unprecedented seasons in a Golden Bear uniform, his career numbers rank him as one the most prolific passers in the history of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II.
Coming to KU from Abington High School, Morton took over the reins for final seven games of the 2009 season as a redshirt freshman. He quickly established himself as a dangerous passer, throwing for more than 300 yards in two of his last three games of the season, while becoming a leader for a promising young team.
The next three seasons would see Morton lead the Golden Bears to the best back-to-back-to-back seasons in the history of the program.
In 2010, Kutztown finished the season a best-ever 10-2 to earn its first-ever NCAA playoff berth, and the top seed in the region. Morton threw for a school record 3,633 passing yards and 38 touchdowns while leading the PSAC in passing yards and total offense. For his efforts, Morton was named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year.
As a junior in 2011, Morton and the Golden Bears eclipsed the success of the prior year, finishing 11-2, winning the school's first PSAC crown in the 96-year history of the program and advancing to the NCAA playoffs once again. A dean's list student, Morton was named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, after throwing for 2,680 yards and 32 touchdowns, and finishing fourth in Division II in passing efficiency. He directed an offense that set single season school records for points (487), passing touchdowns (41), total touchdowns (68), rushing yards (2,576), and total offense (6,048).
Morton has led Kutztown to a third-straight winning season as a senior in 2012, breaking nearly every major school passing record in the process. With one game remaining in his career, Morton was fifth in NCAA Division II history in career touchdown passes with 117 and 12th in passing yards with 11,388. Both of those marks are school records, as are his career totals for completions and attempts. Morton ranks second in the PSAC record book in touchdown passes and is third all-time in the conference in both passing yards and total offense. He has once again thrown for more than 3,000 passing yards while completing 69.3 percent of his passes.
With both 10,000-plus passing yards and 100-plus touchdown passes, Morton is one of just 19 players in Division II history and just 59 in NCAA history to reach both milestones in his career.
Over the years, Kutztown University football fans have had the privilege of cheering on outstanding talent on the gridiron --- some who moved on to achieve the ultimate success at the next level. Kevin Morton will certainly be one of those players remembered by KU fans for many years to come --- not only for rewriting the team record books --- but for leading Kutztown University football to championship heights that had not been reached in nearly a century of seasons on the gridiron.

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