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Football: Merrimack’s Clancy Named Harlon Hill Finalist


In the midst of one of the finest single-season campaigns by a quarterback in recent memory at the school, conference and national level, Merrimack College football  senior quarterback Joe Clancy (Newburyport, Mass.) has seen his endeavors recognized in the form of a nomination on the prestigious Harlon Hill Award Regional ballot, as announced Thursday.

The all-time Merrimack College leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions, Clancy is one of 28 players nationwide up for the award, which is Division II’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

Clancy’s advancement to the regional balloting stage is the first part of the voting process. He is one of seven players from Super Region 1 to be up for the trophy.

The top two players from each of the four D-II regions will advance to the national ballot when regional voting concludes Nov. 22. Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 168 Division II-football play institutions.

In just his second full season as a starter, Clancy picked up where he left off from an eye-popping 2012 campaign. The Newburyport, Mass., native has tossed for 3,856 yards and 44 touchdowns in 10 games, averaging 385.6 passing yards per contest while converting 363-of-563 (64.5 percent) on the year.

With one game remaining in the season, Clancy will look to continue his incredible fall that already sees him at or near the top of several national rankings, including: 23rd in completion percentage; first in completions per game (36.30); 33rd in passing efficiency (144.6); first in passing touchdowns; second in passing yards; second in passing yards per game; first in points responsible for (282); and second in total offense per game (395.6).

The Northeast-10 Conference leader in every aforementioned passing category, Clancy needs just four more completions to set a new all-time conference record in just two years as the team’s primary quarterback. Clancy is also on pace to break his own single-season passing yardage record (3,945) and needs just 89 yards to do so, and just 144 yards to become the league’s first-ever quarterback to toss for 4,000 or more yards in a single season.

In his career, Clancy has tossed for 9,048 yards in 37 games, averaging 244.5 yards per contest. He has totaled 81 career touchdowns on 779 completions in 1,222 attempts (63.7 percent).


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