As happens on the field, you win some and you lose some. And that was the case for LC's Ben McLaughlin Thursday.
The senior quarterback will not add the 2010 Gagliardi Trophy to his list of accomplishments. That honor went to fellow quarterback Eric Watt of Trine who was given the award over three other finalists including McLaughlin.
The Gagliardi is given to the most outstanding NCAA Division III football player based upon football prowess, academics and community service and is named after legendary St. John’s (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in college football history.
While the trophy has been awarded since 1993, this year was the first in which the final four were brought to Salem, VA for the final ceremony. The other finalists were Matt Hoffman, a defensive end from Rowan (N.J.) and Kyle Ray, quarterback at Franklin (Ind.).
McLaughlin wrapped up his senior season with 3,770 yards passing, and his 377.0 yards-per-game average leads Division III football. Watt, the winner, led Division III in passing efficiency and also had a mail marketing campaign behind him starting early in the season.
Also on Thursday, McLaughlin was named to the AP Little All-America team, the Associated Press’ list honoring players from NCAA Division II, Division III and the NAIA. He was a third-team selection and the only Division III quarterback so honored.
He’s the first Louisiana College Little All-American since split end Bernard Callender in 1950.
As part of Thursday's Gagliardi Trophy banquet, the following video presentation was made to tell the story of McLaughlin's success at LC: