GREENVILLE, S.C -- Furman quarterback P.J. Blazejowski and running back Antonio Wilcox have been named finalists for the 2017 Blanchard-Rogers Award, which is given annually by the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame to the most outstanding collegiate player of the year with South Carolina ties.
Presented by Hale's Jewelers and voted on by Hall of Fame members, board, and executive team, as well as sports media, the Blanchard-Rogers Trophy, hand crafted by local artist Ryan Calloway of Creative Iron Works, will be awarded at the organization's annual Enshrinement Banguet on April 19, 2018, in Greenville.
Blazejowski and Wilcox, both seniors, are among 12 finalists for the award that also include Jake Bentley, QB (South Carolina), Austin Bryant, DE (Clemson), Anthony Ellis, DE (Charleston Southern), Kelly Bryant, QB (Clemson), Poona Ford, DT (Hilton Head, S.C./Texas), Darius Leonard, LB (S.C. State), Skai Moore, LB (South Carolina), Dorian Daniel, LB (Clemson), Mason Rudolph, QB (Rock Hill, S.C./Oklahoma State), and Andre Stoddard, RB (Wofford).
Blazejowski has thrown for 1,595 yards and 14 touchdowns this year, and ranks second nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in passing efficiency (179.71 rating). The St. Augustine, Fla., product's strong play has helped key Furman to six consecutive wins after an 0-3 start. The Paladins, ranked 21st nationally in this week's STATS FCS Top 25 Poll and in second place in the SoCon standings, play host to The Citadel this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Paladin Stadium.
Wilcox is coming off a career best, 202-yard rushing performance that included a 68-yard run and 48-yard touchown bolt in Furman's 28-6 pasting of then 18th-ranked Western Carolina on Oct. 28. The Fitzgerald, Ga., native currently leads the Paladins in rushing with 575 yards and ranks among the FCS leaders with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information