BU's Roste named a semifinalist for the Gagliardi Trophy

Jaran Roste (Photo: Carl Schmuland)

Bethel University Sports Information Department

Official Release | Fan Vote

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Bethel University quarterback Jaran Roste has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy, honoring the top Division III student-athlete in football, academics and community service.

Awarded annually since 1993, the Gagliardi Trophy is co-sponsored by Jostens and the J-Club of Saint John's (Minn.) and named for the late John Gagliardi, head football coach of Carroll College from 1949 to 1952 and Saint John's from 1953 to 2012.

Roste was named the MIAC First Team All-Conference Quarterback in 2021 after Second Team selections in 2018 and 2019. The Alexandria, Minnesota native led Bethel to the NCAA Playoffs for the second time in three seasons with an 8-3 record and No. 14/17 rankings, leading the MIAC in passing efficiency with a 165.3 rating. He completed 182 of 278 passes (65.5%) for 2,622 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions while also rushing for 455 yards and 13 touchdowns (second most rushing TD's in MIAC). During the third game of the season the Royals also lost their starting punter Dane Schumacher to injury and Roste stepped in, punting 21 times with 12 of those inside the 20 yard line with only two touchbacks and four punts over 50 yards at a 38.8 yard average. Roste was at his best in the biggest games of the season. In three games against Top 10 opponents Saint John's & Central he threw for 838 yards (279.3 avg.), eight touchdowns and just two interceptions with three rushing touchdowns. As a freshman in 2018 Roste helped lead the Royals to the elite eight quarterfinal round, rushing for 1,023 yards and 20 touchdowns, while passing for 1,800 yards and 11 touchdowns. He holds a 26-7 record as a starting quarterback over three seasons with all seven losses to ranked teams, five of those to top 10 ranked teams. 

A large component of the Gagliardi Trophy is off-field community service and academic work. Roste was named to the 2022 AFCA Allstate Good Works Team, Bethel's ninth straight recipient. He has invested significantly in the students within Bethel's  BUILD program as a housing and student mentor (The BUILD program provides a supportive and comprehensive educational experience for students with intellectual disabilities). Roste also has volunteered as a tax preparer for low-income families, worked with students who are six months or more behind grade level in reading and delivered individualized one-on-one tutoring twice a week through a structured curriculum. He also regularly volunteers with organizations Feed My Starving Children, Special Olympics MN and the Salvation Army amongst others. Roste is a Dean's List honoree at Bethel with a 3.51 GPA in 5-12 social studies education with business and political science majors. Having graduated last spring, Roste is currently pursuing his M.A. in Education K-12 with a special education concentration at Bethel and working as the interim BUILD residential supervisor for first year students.

The Gagliardi Trophy finalists will be announced during a live show on Thursday, Dec. 9, on www.D3football.com. Hosts Pat Coleman and Frank Rossi will profile the finalists during the program. The 2021 Gagliardi Trophy winner will be revealed on D3football.com during the week of the NCAA Division III football national championship on Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. In the lead up to the announcement of the 2021 Gagliardi Trophy winner, D3football.com and the J-Club Twitter account (@JClubSJU) will provide updates on specific dates and times of the announcement.

Nominations were submitted by colleges across the country, and the semifinalists were selected by the J-Club Board of Directors. In past years, up to fifteen semifinalists have been named. The Gagliardi Trophy national-selection committee is comprised of 16 Division III coaches (four from each NCAA Region), four Division III administrators, eight regional notable voters (two from each region, and eight National voters with Division III backgrounds. A fan vote, which runs until Dec. 3, is live on D3football.com. No J-Club members vote as part of the national-selection committee.

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