St John's QB Erdmann wins Gagliardi Trophy as nation's top D-III player

St John's junior quarterback Jackson Erdmann practices ahead of the Johnnies' NCAA Division III Quarterfinal game Photo: KSTP Sports
St John's junior quarterback Jackson Erdmann practices ahead of the Johnnies' NCAA Division III Quarterfinal game

December 14, 2018 06:20 PM

St. John's junior quarterback Jackson Erdmann has won the Gagliardi Trophy as the most outstanding player in NCAA Division III college football.

This year's version of the award is the first to be handed out since its namesake - legendary St. John's coach John Gagliardi - passed away earlier this year.


Per St John's sports information department, Erdmann received nearly an unprecedented vote tally - earning 93 percent of all possible voter points. 

The trophy recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service. Erdmann is the fourth St John's player to win the award, which began in 1993 - following WR Chris Palmer in 1995, WR Blake Elliott in 2003 and LB Carter Hanson in 2016.

The only other Minnesota-based player to earn the Gaglardi Award is Augsburg WR/P Scott Hvistendahl in 1998.

Off the field, Erdmann does a tremendous amount of community service, which included a two-and-a-half week mission to Thailand last spring during which he worked with young victims of sex trafficking - a cause he intends to continue working with after graduation.

KSTP Sports featured Erdmann's dedication to community service in a recent story:

Related: St. John's star QB Jackson Erdmann making plays and making a difference

On the field, Erdmann had a record-shattering season as he led the Johnnies to the NCAA D-III Quarterfinals.

His passing efficiency rating of 189.8 topped Division III, and trailed only Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy-winner Kyler Murray and Alabama's Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa in all divisions.

He was the MIAC's Most Valuable player and set St John's single-game records with 470 passing yards and seven touchdowns this season.  He led Division III with 47 touchdowns and 290 points.

Related: St John's announces Erdmann as Gagliardi Trophy winner

Erdmann graduated from Rosemount High School and spent one year as a walk-on at Penn State before transferring to St John's

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