Foote Is Finalist For Gagliardi Trophy

November 21, 2012

Middlebury College quarterback McCallum Foote (Newton, Mass.) is among the 10 finalists for the 2012 Gagliardi Trophy awarded to Division III football’s top student-athlete. This season, the winner will be announced in Salem, with four finalists present for the ceremony. After screening the nominations, the SJU J-Club Board of Directors narrowed the field to 10 finalists. The 35-member Gagliardi Trophy national selection committee reviews the credentials, ranks the candidates 1-10 and casts their votes. Fan balloting, which will be available on D3football.com, accounts for one collective ballot as well, for the fifth consecutive year. Fans will be permitted to cast one ballot apiece. The award is presented by Jostens and the J-Club of St. John's University of Minnesota. Voting will take place after Thanksgiving.

In just his second season under center for the Panthers, Foote was a nightmare for opposing defenses in 2012. The junior finished the year with NESCAC and program records for passing yards (2,897) and touchdowns (31) while completing 63.7% (256-402) of his throws. He averaged an eye-popping 362.1 yards per game (4th nationally), posted an efficiency rating of 145.7 and also chipped in with a pair of rushing touchdowns. In eight games started, he was picked off just eight times in 402 attempts. He completed 256 passes this season, leading the nation with 32.0/game.

Foote was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week on three occasions this year. He also earned the prestigious Gold Helmet Award for the second time in his career after completing 40 of 58 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns in Middlebury’s 50-21 win at Hamilton on November 3. Over the course of the season, he piled up 400 or more yards through the air three times and tossed five touchdown passes on four occasions for the 7-1 Panthers. Foote was placed on the All-NESCAC first-team for the second straight season. Foote is the first Panther to earn the league’s top offensive award since 2009, when former quarterback Donald McKillop was recognized.