UMD's senior Offensive Guard, Garth Heikkinen, who recently closed a record-breaking football career, is one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award. The finalists were pared from a list of 46 candidates from four different Super Regions and include six other offensive linemen. Heikkinen and senior defensive end, David Bass of Missouri Western State University, represent Super Region 3 and battled against each other in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The winner of the award will be announced on December 17. This year's recipient has the opportunity to participate in either the East/West Shrine Game of the NFLPA All-Star Game. Posted by Jenna Vogt