|Top Division III Matchups|
Sept. 3 at noon ET: East Texas Baptist Tigers at No. 3 Wesley Wolverines
Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. ET: No. 15 Wartburg Knights at Monmouth Fighting Scotts
Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. ET: No. 10 Coe Kohawks at No. 16 Hardin-Simmons Cowboys
Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. ET: No. 1 UW-Whitewater Warhawks at UW-La Crosse Eagles
Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. ET: No. 4 North Central (Ill.) Cardinals at Redlands Bulldogs
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89 Kyle Fiedorowicz
Key Notes: At 6-foot-7, 271 pounds, Fiedorowicz would draw attention at any level of football, but in Division III the senior tight end is bigger than many defensive linemen. His size didn’t hinder him last year as he caught 18 passes for 330 yards and tied for the team high in TD receptions (5). This fall, Fiedorowicz will look for All-America honors as he continues to aid the Cardinals’ passing and rushing games. He helped NCC rank 24th last season on the ground with 222.2 rushing yards per game.
Other Players to Watch this Week: Dustin Baxter, St. John’s (Minn.) (Sr., DB); Brad Boyle, Coe (Sr., QB); Kevin Huss, Wartburg (Sr., OL); Kyle Huss, Wartburg (Sr., OL); Josh McLeod, North Central (Ill.) (Jr., DB).
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• Among ranked teams, Coe has arguably the toughest opener as the 10th-ranked Kohawks hit the road to take on No. 16 Hardin-Simmons. It will be the first of two contests against ranked teams in September, as Coe also faces league rival No. 15 Wartburg on Sept. 24.
• North Central (Ill.) is also going out of its way to make a statement early as the Cardinals hit the road for opening weekend. NCC heads west to take on Redlands, another team receiving votes in the D3football.com preseason poll.
• Best guess for the participants in this year’s title game? A safe play would be calling Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union. The pair are ranked Nos. 1-2, respectively, again and have faced each other in the past six championship contests. UW-W has won the last two, and each has three titles in that six-year span. Mount Union, which opens against Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Sept. 10, is looking for its 11th appearance in the final in 12 years.
• Junior quarterback Shane Brozowski returns to guide the Casleton offense a year after ranking second in Division III with 359.7 passing yards per game. During the past two seasons, he has passed for nearly 5,000 yards, including a school-record 461 yards last year against Mount Ida. Casleton opens Sept. 3 at Plymouth State.
• Defensive end Chris Mayes of No. 3 Wesley returns looking to build on a 17.5-sack, 32.5-TFL performance as a junior. He ranked third nationally in sacks last year and is the leading returning sackmaster in Division III this fall.
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