Life University center Harley Wheeler, newly-minted D1A champion, has won the Rudy Scholz Award as the top men’s college player of 2018-19.
College teams as well as players and fans from around the country have voted to create the list of five finalists for the Rudy Scholz Award.
Given annually to the top men's college player in the country, the Rudy Scholz Award is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, WA and has been presented each of the last three years.
Votes from college teams and from players and fans from around the country have finalized the five finalist for the MA Sorensen Award.
The 2019 MA Sorensen Award Finalists are (photos in order of player, photo credit below):
The Mira Costa Boys HS team will probably be cheering for Life this weekend in the D1A men's college final, given that alumnus Justin Johnson is the Running Eagles' starting flanker, but they will also be cheering for Life in the women's final four.
Four of the top six men's college teams are in action live today.
Lindenwood (#6 ranked by FloRugby) is at Life (#2). It kicks off at 1pm ET and is live here (Signup required, but it's worth it).
LSU has a chance to make a massive statement this weekend with a clash with 2016-17 D1A finalists Life Running Eagles.
This game will feature several of the very top college players in the country, including Life's Harley Wheeler and Duncan van Schalkwyk, and LSU's Brennan Falcon. It will kick off at 1pm EST and will be shown LIVE on FloRugby.com.
Dylan Audsley scored 25 points, Holden Yungert was MVP, the ground in Moraga, Calif. shook with the vibrations of the tackles between Life and Saint Mary's, and Kevin O'Connor was superb as the Gaels held of an excellent Life team 30-24 Saturday.
Life University will play for the DIA final as the Running Eagles held off BYU 36-26 in Marietta, Ga. Saturday.
The teams were very evenly matched, with BYU a little bigger overall, but Life strong in contact. The breakdowns were a constant battle between the two, with BYU doing well to disrupt Life ball, and every ruck was hotly contested
Here is the live stream info for the two DIA semifinals.
Life will host BYU at 1pm T, 10m PT. The live stream can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/LifeURugby/?hc_location=ufi
Saint Mary's will host Arizona at 1pm PT, 4pm ET. The live stream can be found here:
The DIA playoffs are down to four teams and they are four teams who have had very different paths to the semifinals.
There’s BYU, which had to play an independent schedule to earn a playoff spot. As a result, the Cougars had to play on the road for the entire playoff run - not exactly what they’re used to, but they know what they’re doing.
We’re down to four in the DIA playoffs as Saint Mary’s, BYU, Arizona, and Life all won.
Of those four games, Life v Lindenwood was easily the closest, although Indiana put up a a fight against BYU.