GREENWOOD, Ind. – Franklin College's Chase Burton (Corydon, Ind. / Corydon Central) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Year following his performance in football during the 2017-18 campaign.
The senior guided the top passing offense in the country in 2017, leading Franklin to an 8-3 record, an undefeated HCAC season and a spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Burton threw for a Division III-leading 3,916 yards, tossing 43 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 67.6 percent of his throws and ranking in the top-ten nationally in completion percentage, passing TDs, passing efficiency and total offense.
Additionally, Burton moved into sole possession of first place on two of the program's most prestigious passing categories. He passed Jonny West and moved into first place all-time in both passing yards (11,579) and passing touchdowns (121) in 2017.
The Corydon, Ind. native also racked up several post-season awards. Burton earned First Team AFCA All-American and Second Team AP Little All-America Division III honors.
The senior was named HCAC Player of the Week on four separate occasions during the fall season, First-Team All-HCAC, and Burton was named the HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player for the third year in a row for his efforts.
The HCAC Player of the Year award is in its fifth year of existence. The award is voted on by the sports information directors of each member institution.
HCAC Men's Athlete of the Year
2014 Kyle Linville, Football Franklin College
2015 Max Kittle, Track & Field Anderson University
2016 Ryan Aelker, Football Bluffton University
2017 Wes McKinney, Men's Basketball Hanover College
2018 Chase Burton, Football Franklin College