Gene Upshaw Award

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Gene Upshaw Award
Awarded for Best lineman in Division II college football
Country United States
Presented by Manheim Touchdown Club
First awarded 2004
Currently held by Darius Allen

The Gene Upshaw Award is awarded to the best lineman, offensive or defensive, in NCAA Division II college football. The award is presented by the Manheim Touchdown Club and is recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The award is named after former NFL offensive lineman Gene Upshaw, who played college football at Texas A&I University and later for the Oakland Raiders in the NFL. He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


  • Must be a junior or senior in athletic eligibility and competed in at least 70 percent of the team’s regular season games.
  • Must play at one of the following positions: Offensive Linemen: tackles, guards, centers (tight ends are ineligible); Defensive Linemen-ends, tackles, nose guards/tackles.
  • Must be of good academic standing (eligible to compete). Ineligible players will be disqualified.
  • Must be an All-America or all-region caliber candidate (1st or 2nd team).
  • Only one nominee per institution (regardless of position).

Previous winners[edit]

Year Player Position School
2004 Nathan Baker OL Pittsburg State
2005 Mike McFadden DL Grand Valley State
2006 Mike McFadden DL Grand Valley State
2007 Brandon Barnes OT Grand Valley State
2008 Sam Collins C Abilene Christian
2009 Ben Staggs OT West Liberty University
2010 Brandon Fusco C Slippery Rock
2011 Joe Long OT Wayne State
2012 Garth Heikkinen OG Minnesota–Duluth
2013 Darius Allen DE CSU–Pueblo
2014 Darius Allen DE CSU–Pueblo
2015 Matt Judon DE Grand Valley State
2016 Jordan Morgan OT Kutztown

Awards won by school[edit]

School Winners
Grand Valley State 4
CSU–Pueblo 2
Abilene Christian 1
Minnesota–Duluth 1
Pittsburg State 1
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 1
Wayne State 1
West Liberty University 1
Kutztown University 1

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