Bruin a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist

Indiana forward Will Bruin was named as one of 15 semifinalists for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Thursday.

Bruin’s 18 goals and five assists earned him the first semifinalist nod since Brad Ring in 2008. Bruin has already earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors as well as the Top Drawer Soccer team of the season and first team of the year. He is also up for Soccer News Net Player of the Year, where fan voting here accounts for 40 percent of the outcome.

The last Hoosier to win the award was Danny O’Rourke in 2004. Prior to 2002, the MAC Player of the Year and Hermann Trophy were separate awards. Past MAC winners from IU are Ken Snow (1988, 1990) and Todd Yeagley (1994), while Hermann winners have been Angelo DiBernardo (1978), Armando Betancourt (1981), Ken Snow (1988, 1990), and Brian Maisonneuve (1994). Of course, Yeagley is now the Indiana head coach and Maisonneuve one of his assistants.

The list will be narrowed to three semifinalists announced on Dec. 10. Those three individuals will travel to the Missouri Athletic Club where the winner will be announced on Jan. 7. A complete list of semifinalists is available at


  1. No disrespect intended toward IU soccer, but I just had to share this nicely written story I read today. It’s about a quiet kid from Indiana only in the infancy his NBA career and putting up numbers as impressive those names more recognized as the elite stars of the game. Pretty inspiring stuff for a young man just beginning his 3rd season. For those into statistical analysis a player’s contribution, the PER(player efficiency rating)for this young man is telling his superstar potential.

    Quiet Production
    by D.J. Foster, November 29, 2010

  2. Kudos to Bruin and IU soccer.
    Nice article. I hope that Hoosier fans don’t catch Eric Gordon with the broad brush that encompasses the Sampson regime. He’s a good guy that represented the Hoosiers well during an unsavory time. He and DJ never did anything wrong and don’t deserve to be associated with the Sampson mess.

  3. I am quietly learning to accept and appreciate EJ. He will never be a DJ to me, nor a Rod Wilmont, nor an Earl Calloway – not even a Marco Killingsworth. But he’s a Hoosier nonetheless.

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