Mount Union's Danny Robinson Named Semifinalist for Gagliardi Trophy

Danny Robinson
Danny Robinson

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- University of Mount Union senior linebacker Danny Robinson (Massillon / Massillon Washington) has been named a semifinalist for the Gagliardi Trophy given to the top all-around football player in NCAA Division III.

Robinson, a team captain, is tied for the team lead in tackles on one of the nation's top rated defenses. He has 61 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble this season as Mount Union won its 29th Ohio Athletic Conference title.

He is a three-time All-OAC selection that has been named the 2018 Gene Slaughter OAC Linebacker of the Year Award.

Off the field, the Mechanical Engineering major with a 3.72 grade point average, is a three-time Academic All-OAC and two-time Google Cloud Academic All-District pick. He has been involved in a variety of service projects on campus most notably joining a group of fellow Mount Union engineering students on a trip to Belize to construct a water line to a village. He has also been involved on campus with the Relay for Life, Be The Match bone marrow drive, Trick or Treat with the Raiders, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser and Alliance Parks Community Clean-Up Day. In his hometown of Massillon, Ohio, he has been a youth baseball and football camp volunteer while aiding Special Olympic events in Stark County.

A record six Purple Raiders have won the Gagliardi Trophy seven times. Quarterback Jim Ballard won the inaugural award in 1993, fellow quarterback Bill Borchert in 1997, running backs Chuck Moore and Dan Pugh won the award in 2001 and 2002, quarterback Greg Micheli won the award in 2008 then Kevin Burke in 2013 and 2014.

The Gagliardi Trophy was first presented in 1993. Since that time, the award has become one of the leading collegiate football awards and is widely recognized as the premier individual award in Division III football, honoring excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award is named for John Gagliardi coached for 64 years, 60 of those at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. He is college football's all-time wins leader with 489 victories.

Nominations were submitted by colleges across the country, and the semifinalist were selected by the J-Club Board of Directors. 13 semifinalists will now move on to the national-selection committee. In past years 10 semifinalists have been named, but additional spots were needed for 2018 based on the voting totals at the nominee stage. The Gagliardi Trophy national-selection committee is comprised of 39 former small college football players, former Gagliardi Trophy recipients, business leaders, academicians and sports writers from around the country. Each cast a ballot ranking the semifinalists. A fan vote, which will serve as the 40th committee member, is live on and runs until Monday, Dec. 3, the same day the national-selection voting is closed.

The fan voting link is:

Fans will be given one collective vote by casting votes on the web site The student-athlete with the highest vote total is named recipient.

The winner will be announced the week of the Stagg Bowl.

2018 Gagliardi Trophy Semifinalists

Danny Robinson, University of Mount Union, (Ohio)
LB | 6-0, 215 | Senior | Mechanical Engineering
Massillon, Ohio | Massillon Washington High School

Hayden Bauserman, Shenandoah University
QB | 6-3, 220 | Senior | Environmental Science
Woodstock, Va. | Central HS

Lamar Carswell, Trine University, (Ind.)
RB | 5-9, 180 | Senior | Sport and Recreation
Toledo, Ohio | St. Francis de Sales High School

Reese Childress, Hardin-Simmons University, (Texas)
WR/P| 6-1, 185 | Senior | Education
Abilene, Texas | Abilene High School

Jackson Erdmann, Saint John's University, (Minn.)
QB | 6-4 ,215 | Junior | Global Business Leadership
Rosemount, Minn. | Rosemount High School

Canaan Gebele, Denison University, (Ohio)
QB | 6-1, 195 | Senior | Data Analytics
Annapolis, Md. | Broadneck High School

Joe Germinerio, The College of Brockport, (NY)
QB | 6-2, 220 | Junior | Finance
Wynantskill, N.Y. | LaSalle High School

Nick Giorgio, Springfield College, (Mass.)
DE | 6-2, 250 | Senior | Marketing
Cumberland, R.I. | Cumberland High School

Harry Henschler, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
DE | 6-1, 250 | Senior | Occupational Safety
Janesville, Wis. | Janesville Craig High School

LeAnthony Reasnover, Eureka College, (Ill.)
RB 5-9, 200 Senior Criminal Justice
Momence, Ill. | Momence High School

Broc Rutter, North Central College, (Ill.)
QB | 6-2, 195 | Junior | Marketing
Naperville, Ill. | Neuqua Valley High School

Matt Sacia, Wartburg College, (Iowa)
QB | 6-2, 195 | Senior | Biology
Eldridge, Iowa | North Scott High School

Eric Stevenson, Wheaton College, (Ill.)
LB | 5-10, 224 | Senior | Economics
Lewisville, Texas | Prestonwood Christian Academy