Joseph Gagliardi Trophy candidate
Union College senior linebacker Noah Joseph has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy as the NCAA Division III player of the year.
The Gargliardi Trophy is named after John Gagliardi, the legendary St. John's of Minnesota head coach who retired this week with 489 career victories, most in college football history.
Joseph is the fourth Union player ever to be selected as a finalist, joining linebacker John Peters (2009), running back tom Arcidiacono (2005) and linebacker Marco Lainez (1994).
Joseph carries a 3.91 GPA in chemistry and sociology and is eligible for national academic All-America consideration. He was a first-team All-Liberty League selection and led the league with 105 tackles. He is only the 16th Union player to make 200 career tackles.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be considered for such a prestigious award. I must thank my teammates for helping be reach this point and for having a great season," said Joseph. "I also owe a lot to my coaches who, from the start, have put me in the right positions to make plays. I am humbled to be included in a group of outstanding student athletes."
“We are thrilled with Noah’s selection for the Gagliardi Trophy this year," said Union head coach John Audino. "He is well deserving of this prestigious award and as a football program we are honored that we have a student-athlete with these fine qualifications.
"Noah had a wonderful year here at Union football and a great career as a player. The things he has done as a student at Union are a credit to his desire and determination to be the best possible student that he can be. This is the fourth player that we have had since 1993 to be considered for this award and we hope that Noah progresses to the top so that he can secure this great honor.”
Union also announced that running back T.J. Franzese, wide receiver Kyle Reynolds and offensive lineman Greg Skjold were named to the Liberty League first team on offense, while Joseph was unanimously selected to the first team on defense.
The second team offense featured tight end Eric Zavadsky, offensive lineman and captain Elias Damouni and offensive lineman Pete Meile. The second team defense included DL Casey Muse and DB Jafar Johnson.