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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wayne State's Renel named Harlon Hill semifinalist

The good couple of weeks continued in the Renel household in Rochester Hills, as Rochester Adams grad Josh Renel led the Wayne State Warriors to the inaugural South Division football title in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a day after being named a semifinalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy.

Renel, a junior running back for WSU, is one of 24 finalists for the award. His 2,133 all-purpose yards this season are the third-best total in school history, ranking only behind the 2006 (2,462) and 2009 (2,392) totals posted by his predecessor at RB for Wayne State, Joique Bell. Now a member of the Indianapolis Colts — his third team this season, after going undrafted in the spring — Bell won the Harlon Hill Trophy last year.

Also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team within the last two weeks, Renel had 207 all-purpose yards for the Warriors Saturday, as they beat Findlay, 44-27, to earn their school-record ninth win, and the South Division title at 8-2. Renel's 115-yard, 2-TD effort marked his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game.

Renel was one of three GLIAC players — along with Hillsdale QB Troy Weatherhead and Michigan Tech RB Phil Milbrath — to make the list of six candidates from Super Regional 3. The top two vote-getters from voting in each of the four regions will go onto the national ballot. The winner will be announced on Dec. 17.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to see this talented young man get it done both on and off the field.
He was exciting to see play at Adams and he's doing the same in the GLIAC.
Way to go Josh!

November 16, 2010 at 7:52 AM 

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