GREENWOOD, Ind. – Thanks to another dominant season in leading the Franklin College offense, senior quarterback Chase Burton was announced as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Male Athlete of the Year for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon.
The Corydon, Ind.-native became the third Grizzly student-athlete to collect the prestigious league award, joining former football standout Kyle Linville (2014) and former FC track and field star Anna Murdock (2015). Burton was named HCAC Offensive Player of the Year as well back in November, capturing the award for the third time in his career.
The senior signal caller was brilliant in his final campaign for the Grizzlies, leading Franklin to an 8-3 record in 2017, claiming the program's ninth HCAC championship in the last 11 years and a spot in the NCAA playoffs. Burton guided the nation's top passing offense by throwing for 3,916 yards and 43 touchdowns while completing 67.6 percent of his passes.
During his final season in the blue and gold, Burton surpassed two of the football program's most prestigious passing records. He concluded his career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards with 11,579 and passing touchdowns with 121.
In addition to collecting the two conference awards, Burton was also named First Team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Second Team Associated Press Little All-America Division III following the season. A four-time HCAC Offensive Player of the Week in 2017, Burton was also named All-North Region Offensive Player of the Year by D3Football.com this past fall.
The HCAC has recognized a male and female athlete of the year every year since 2014 with the conference's sports information directors nominating and voting on the winners. Transylvania's Renae Morton was chosen as the league's Female Athlete of the Year for 2017-18.