Top Division III Matchups

Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET: No. 1 UW-Whitewater Warhawks at No. 21 Franklin Grizzlies


Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET: No. 18 Wabash Little Giants at Wooster Fighting Scots


Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. ET: UW-Platteville Pioneers at No. 23 UW-Stevens Point Pointers


Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. ET: No. 16 Cal Lutheran Kingsmen at No. 7 Linfield Wildcats


Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. ET: No. 19 Wittenberg Tigers at Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops

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30 Aaron Williams
6-0 | 200 | Jr. | RB

Key Notes: In this weekend's season opener, Williams will be seeing his first action in nearly a year after playing just three games last season before being sidelined with an injury. Before the injury, Williams averaged 6.5 yards per carry in the opening contests and was coming off first-team All-NWC honors in 2009. As a sophomore, he rushed for a team-best 899 yards and 10 TDs while catching 15 passes.   

Other Players to Watch this Week:  Drew Fisher, Linfield (Sr., S); Kyle McGivney, Luther (Sr., LB); Daniel Mosier, Cal Lutheran (Sr., RB);  Clinton Orr, Albion (Jr., RB); Luis Villavicencio, Cal Lutheran (Sr., CB); Rian Younker, Cal Lutheran (Jr., DT).

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• Linfield enters this year's contest with Cal Lutheran again ranked in the top 10. The difference is the No. 7 Wildcats won't be complacent against the 16th-ranked Kingsmen after seeing CLU rally from a 21-point, second-quarter deficit to take a 47-42 victory last fall. Linfield lost RB Simon Lamson, who had nearly 800 yards and 15 TDs last year, but returns a healthy RB Aaron Williams. That should help ease the transition for a first-year starter who is trying to replace graduated QB Aaron Boehme, who passed for more than 2,600 yards and 26 TDs in 2010. Cal Lutheran will counter with a stout defense, anchored by first-team preseason All-American CB Luis Villavicencio and second-team preseason All-American defensive tackle Rian Younker. 

• Albion faces a tough test this week as it hits the road to play at No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.). The Britons, who lost 31-17 last week to Butler, hope to get junior running back Clinton Orr unleashed after he posted just 85 yards on 24 carries in the opener. Orr is the second-leading returning rusher in Division III after finishing with 1,396 yards and 14 touchdowns last fall. He needs just 825 yards this season to break the school rushing record.

• Consider it 2010 all over again. Luther College opened with 24-22 setback against St. Olaf last weekend, but senior LB Kyle McGivney didn't notice the calendar had changed. After setting the Division III single-season record with 198 tackles (19.8 per game) a year ago, McGivney was back at it last weekend with 18 tackles, including 0.5 TFLs. McGivney will try to continue his strong defensive run this weekend in the home opener against in-state foe William Penn.

• The schedule sets up nicely for Carthage and senior CB Brian Hipchen. After pulling out a 16-13 road victory last week at Carleton when Hipchen had an interception and a PBU, the Red Men start a three-game homestand this week against Lakeland. Hipchen, who was third nationally last year in INTs (10) and led the country in passed defended (13), will be looking forward to the matchup after blocking a kick against LC last season. The stretch of home games will end against top-20 foe North Central (Ill.).   

• Redlands pulled off the biggest upset of Week 1 and wants to keep the momentum rolling. However, it'll have to wait a week as it doesn't play again until facing Whitworth on Sept. 17. Initially gaining votes in the preseason poll, the Bulldogs jumped to No. 20 this week after toppling then-No. 4 North Central (Ill.) at home in the opener. The 13-point comeback came as QB Chad Hurst passed for 275 yards. It was perfect timing as Redlands broadcast its football game on the Internet for the first time in program history.