They're not always on the best teams, and not always the most highly talked about, but these guys have been grinding away throughout their careers and currently, heading into Week 5 of the season, are the active career leaders in their respective categories. Check out the best of Division III.
Moving his team up and down the field throughout the past four seasons, Brozowski will likely break the 9,000-yard passing barrier in his next game as he has already amassed 8,983 career yards, including 1,343 on 118 completions this season. Last year he put up 2,711 yards and 29 touchdowns through the air, setting the school single-season record for scores and leading the league in both categories. Brozowski put up his only 3,000-yard season as a sophomore when the connected for 3,052 yards, when he averaged nearly 12.5 yards per completion. He has also eluded defenders with his feet, rushing for 16 TDs even though his career net rushing total is minus-2 yards on 264 carries (711 gained, 713 lost).
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After gaining 5.8 yards per carry in his career, Williams has a slim 67-yard lead ahead of Albion’s Clinton Orr for the title of active leading rusher. Williams has sprinted for 3,735 yards to date on 640 carries, third-most among active rushers. In each of the past two seasons, Williams has topped the 1,000-yard mark, dashing around defenders for 1,373 yards and 10 TDs in 2011 and 1,220 yards and 14 scores in 2010. He also has 82 career receptions for 559 yards.
The 2011 offensive MVP of the University Athletic Association, Brizzolara has easily outdistanced the rest of the country’s best receivers. Entering the weekend, he has 3,048 career receiving yards, more than 700 yards ahead of second-place Adam Kniffin of Puget Sound. Brizzolara has averaged 19.7 yards per catch in his career and 92.4 yards per game while racking up 155 career catches. His 36 touchdowns also lead the country, as one of only three active players with at least 30 receiving TDs. His current run started in 2009 when he led the nation with 220.2 all-purpose yards per game as a freshman.
The national active leader in sacks with 26.5 heading into Week 5, Weymiller has recorded at least half a sack in 16 of 25 career games played. He missed the 2010 season but has racked up 24 solo sacks and 5 assists while turning in 47 total tackles for a loss of 202 yards. He has added 164 total tackles, 15 quarterback hurries and eight pass breakups and is also the national leader in forced fumbles with 10.
A 2012 first-team preseason All-American by several publications, Jones was the American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 after recording a school- and league-record 141 tackles while adding 12 TFL, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. If he wasn’t busy enough, the linebacker also blocked one punt, which was recovered for a touchdown. In his career, he now has 352 tackles, averaging 8.6 per game throughout his career. He’s in a tight race to keep the national lead, as Andy Dalton of Hanover is only three tackles behind (349) despite playing eight fewer games in his career. No other player in Division III has more than 300 tackles.
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Standing in a league of his own, Autenrieb is the national active leader – at any level – in interceptions with 27 career picks. No other player at any division has more than 19. Autenrieb’s total is just two away from the Division III record of 29 set by Rochester (N.Y.) defensive back Ralph Gebhardt in 1973-75. He already has three in three games this season as he chases the all-divisions record of 37 set by Tom Collins of Indianapolis in 1982-85. Like Division III, the FBS career record is also 29 while the most in FCS history is 31. He had nine interceptions as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and seven last year, and among his 301 career interception return yards is three touchdowns. He has also combined for 171 career tackles and 26 pass breakups.
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With a high-powered offense leading the way to the last three national titles, Kindler has done his part to get the Warhawks on the scoreboard as well, making 43 field goals, more than any active player in Division III. Kindler has made 1.3 per game in his career, including nailing at least one field goal in 26 of his 32 career games. Fifteen times in his career Kindler has booted at least two field goals in a game, including six of his last seven games. He knocked through a career-best four field goals in the 2011 national championship game.