2018 Gagliardi Award: DIII Player of the Year


The Gagliardi Trophy, given annually since 1993, recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service.

The award is named after the late John Gagliardi, Saint John’s legendary Hall of Fame head football coach who retired in 2012 with 489 career victories, the most in college football history.




Erdmann has been a huge part of the Johnnies resoundingly successful season. The junior quarterback threw for 3,450 yards and 47 touchdowns leading the Johnnies to a 12-1 record.

He set single-game school records this fall for passing yards (470 on Oct. 13 vs. St. Thomas) and passing touchdowns (seven on Nov. 10 vs. Thomas More). He also set a single-season St. John’s record for passing touchdowns and fell 39 passing yards short of Tom Linnemann’s school record of 3,489 set in 2000 (15 games).

“He’s special in a lot of different ways,” Coach Fasching said of his offensive captain. “On the field, his maturation as a quarterback has been incredible. He’s playing at an All-American level … He’s the total package.”

The 2018 MIAC Player of the Year seems likely to take down some St John’s career marks by the time he wraps up his senior season next fall. 


The 2018 Gagliardi Award finalists included:

  • Shenandoah – QB Hayden Bauserman, senior
  • Trine – RB Lamar Carswell, senior
  • St. John’s – QB Jackson Erdmann, junior
  • Wartburg – QB Matt Sacia, senior


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