Alex Thiry a finalist for Gagliardi Trophy

St. Scholastica senior quarterback Alex Thiry of Cambridge has been named a finalist for the 2011 Gagliardi Trophy.

Saint senior quarterback Alex Thiry passed for 37 touchdowns this season. Photo courtesy of St. Scholastica

The Gagliardi Trophy, first presented in 1993, is widely recognized as the premier individual award in Division III football, honoring excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The trophy will be presented in Salem, Va., site of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, on Dec. 14, two evenings prior to the Division III national championship game.

Thiry, a 2006 Braham High grad, had one of the most-efficient seasons by a quarterback in all of college football. He threw 37 touchdowns, compared to just three interceptions for a 218.1 efficiency rating. After an undefeated regular season, Thiry had the best efficiency rating for a season in college football history at any level. However, a driving snow storm and a stout University of St. Thomas defense dropped Thiry below the record after the NCAA first round playoff game.

Thiry had 2,608 yards on 160-of-227 passing for the season. In five games, Thiry threw as many if not more touchdown passes than incompletions and in each of those games he had at least 16 pass attempts. For his efforts, Thiry was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Offensive Player of the Year and was also named to the conference’s all-sportsmanship team.