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USA Football has been conducting the Division III Top 30 weekly poll since 1996. The panel consists of 200 individuals from the following categories: Coaches (40); Sports Information Directors (60); Media (60); General Public (40).
Voters in the "General Public" category must have extensive knowledge of NCAA Division III football derived from the following criteria: a. Former D-III college football player; b. Former D-III football coach; c. Former media member who covered D-III football; d. Fan of D-III football who will be evaluated on knowledge of D-II football.
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2001 Preseason Gridiron Highlights

2001 NCAA D-III Head Coaching Changes

Wartburg topples Berlin Adler

by Patrick Steenberge
President, Global Football

After nearly one full week of touring Germany, the Knights of Wartburg College did what they came to this wonderful European
land to accomplish. Playing in the home of the NFL/Europe Berlin Thunder, Jahnstadion, the Knight's speed, intensity and depth proved too much for the overmatched Berlin Adler. Coach Rick Willis dressed 38 players as the Knights demonstrated that they will be eager and ready to take on all comers in the 2001 season. In all, they scored 10 touchdowns, allowed only two first downs, forced five turnovers, and basked in the festive surroundings of a huge and beautiful stadium.
Bob Swank has been named the third head coach in the 21-year history of football at Buffalo State. Swank, a former assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Methodist, replaces Jerry Boyes, who resigned earlier this year to concentrate on his duties as AD.
Mike Murray, who has spent the past four years as the head coach at Dubuque, has been named the 23rd Head Football coach in the 79-year football history at Benedictine University.
Ursinus College has named Peter Gallagher the Bears' 26th head football coach.
Gallagher served as the defensive at the University of Rochester, where his Yellowjackets' defense was ranked nationally.
Rob Ambrose is the new head coach at Catholic University after a three-year stint as the offensive coordinator at Division I-AA Towson University. Ambrose replaces Tom Clark, who is now defensive coordinator at William & Mary.

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Sports Illustrated's D-III

Preseason Top 10

1

Mount Union (OH)

2

Hardin-Simmons (TX)

3

Washington & Jefferson (PA)

4

Pacific Lutheran (WA)

5

Western Maryland

6

Trinity (TX)

7

St. John's (MN)

8

Widener (PA0

9

Bridgewater (VA)

10

Rowan

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Preseason Top 25

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Mount Union (OH)

2

Hardin-Simmons (TX)

3

Pacific Lutheran (WA)

4

Linfield (OR)

5

Bethel (MN)

6

Bridgewater (VA)

7

Western Maryland

8

John Carroll (OH)

9

Trinity (TX)

10

St. John's (MN)

11

Widener (PA)

12

Wittenberg (OH)

13

Washington & Jefferson (PA)

14

Montclair State (NJ)

15

Rowan (NJ)

16

Wartburg (IA)

17

St. Norbert (WI)

18

Union (NY)

19

Central (IA)

20

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

21

Emory & Henry (VA)

22

Ohio Northern

23

Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)

24

Wisconsin-Stout

25

Springfield (MA)
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m Lycoming (PA)
m Thomas More (KY)
m Western Connecticut
m Wheaton (IL)

Street & Smiths D-III Preseason All-America Team

Offense

QB Brian Dawson

Jr.

Washington & Jefferson (PA)
RB Chuck Moore

Sr.

Mount Union (OH)
RB Davon Cruz

Sr.

Bridgewater (VA)
WR Jim Jones

Sr.

Widener (PA)
WR Kirk Rogers

Sr.

Hardin-Simmons (TX)
TE Jeff Pederson

Sr.

Grinnell (IA)
OL Hans Mann

Jr.

Buffalo State (NY)
OL Kevin O'Malley

Jr.

St. Norbert (WI)
OL Chad Pollack

Sr.

Ohio Northern
OL Trevor Roberts

Sr.

Pacific Lutheran (WA)
OL J.D. Sheldon

Sr.

Augustana (IL)
PK Carlos Martinez

Sr.

Buena Vista (IA)

Defense

DL Greg Boucher

Jr.

Western Connecticut
DL Rubin Doster

Jr.

King's (PA)
DL Nick Nicastro

Sr.

Wilmington (OH)
DL Russ Watson

Sr.

Worcester State (MA)
LB Brenden Givan

Jr.

Stillman (MS)
LB Ryan Ruprecht

Sr.

Lycoming
LB Casey Urlacher

Jr.

Lake City
DB Brad Beyer

Sr.

Saint John's (MN)
DB Eric Cowie

Sr.

Ursinus (PA)
DB Brian Portilla

Sr.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse
DB Radney Wood

Sr.

Union (NY)
P Brad Abraham

Sr.

Wisconsin-Platterville

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Preseason Top 10

1

Mount Union (OH)

2

Widener (PA)

3

Hardin-Simmons (TX)

4

St. John's (MN)

5

Wittenberg (OH)

6

Pacific Lutheran (WA)

7

Wisconson-Stout (WI)

8

Central (IA)

9

Springfield (MA)

10

Bethel (MN)

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Offense

QB Brian Dawson

Jr.

Washington & Jefferson
RB Chuck Moore

Sr.

Mount Union
RB Shane Ream

Sr.

Alleghenny
WR Nate Jackson

Sr.

Menlo
WR Jim Jones

Sr.

Widenes
TE Jeff Pederson

Sr.

Grinnell
OL Thomas Anderson

Jr.

Hardin-Simmons
OL B.J. Gotte

Sr.

Texas Lutheran
OL Jeff Krauss

Jr.

Wisconsin-Whitewater
OL Ed Malone

Sr.

Mount Union
OL Bob Schmidt

Sr.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire
PK Carlos Martinez

Sr.

Buena Vista

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Simpson's Brad Guill, the captain-elect and defensive lineman died in a car accident. He started all 10 games for the Storm in 2000, posting 28 tackles with two sacks and returned fumbles for TDs in back-to- back games.

Defense

DL Jacob Freeman

Sr.

Hardin-Simmons
DL Paul Graham

Sr.

Ursinus
DL Jeremish Janssen

Sr.

Saint Norbert
DL Russ Watson

Jr.

Worcester State (MA)
LB Dustin Goldsbury

Sr.

Wittenburg
LB Preston Meyer

Sr.

Mary Hardin/Baylor
LB Jared Sanderson

Sr.

Hardin-Simmons
DB Brad Beyer

Sr.

Saint John's (MN)
DB Antonio Broadnax

Sr.

Wilmington
DB Eric Cowie

Sr.

Ursinus
DB Brian Portilla

Sr.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse
P Brad Abraham

Sr.

Wisconsin-Platterville

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Preseason Top 25

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Hardin-Simmons (TX)

2

Rowan (NJ)

3

Mount Union (OH)

4

Washington & Jefferson (PA)

5

Pacific Lutheran (WA)

6

Western Maryland

7

Trinity (TX)

8

Bridgewater (VA)

9

Widener (PA0

10

St. John's (MN)

11

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

12

Linfield (OR)

13

John Carroll (OH)

14

Lycoming (PA)

15

Central (IA)

16

Montclair State (NJ)

17

Bethel (MN)

18

Ohio Northern

19

Western Connecticut

20

Augustana (IL)

21

Wartburg (IA)

22

Wittenberg (OH)

23

Hope (MI)

24

Wheaton (IL)

25

Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
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Street & Smiths D-III Preseason All-America Team

Offense

QB Brian Dawson

Jr.

Washington & Jefferson (PA)
RB Chuck Moore

Sr.

Mount Union (OH)
RB Davon Cruz

Sr.

Bridgewater (VA)
WR Jim Jones

Sr.

Widener (PA)
WR Kirk Rogers

Sr.

Hardin-Simmons (TX)
TE Jeff Pederson

Sr.

Grinnell (IA)
OL Hans Mann

Jr.

Buffalo State (NY)
OL Kevin O'Malley

Jr.

St. Norbert (WI)
OL Chad Pollack

Sr.

Ohio Northern
OL Trevor Roberts

Sr.

Pacific Lutheran (WA)
OL J.D. Sheldon

Sr.

Augustana (IL)
PK Carlos Martinez

Sr.

Buena Vista (IA)

Defense

DL Greg Boucher

Jr.

Western Connecticut
DL Rubin Doster

Jr.

King's (PA)
DL Nick Nicastro

Sr.

Wilmington (OH)
DL Russ Watson

Sr.

Worcester State (MA)
LB Brenden Givan

Jr.

Stillman (MS)
LB Ryan Ruprecht

Sr.

Lycoming
LB Casey Urlacher

Jr.

Lake City
DB Brad Beyer

Sr.

Saint John's (MN)
DB Eric Cowie

Sr.

Ursinus (PA)
DB Brian Portilla

Sr.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse
DB Radney Wood

Sr.

Union (NY)
P Brad Abraham

Sr.

Wisconsin-Platterville
 

 

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ESPN¡¯s Total QBR stat makes as much sense to Aaron Rodgers as it does to meBy yahoo_rodgers_falcons

If there's an thing I've academic as a longtime sabermetrics geek and sixth-year membership of the staff, it's that whether you don't fully road-test a new statistic amongst a order of probabilities and permutations forward foisting it upon an unsuspecting populace, there's a quite good-looking chance that stat you're so proud of is going to bite you right within the butt.

So it seems to be with ESPN's current Total QBR rating. The metric, which the Worldwide Leader , has been fairly shoved down our throats as the end-all/be-all of quarterback rating systems. ESPN clainfl jerseys cheapms that its metric weighs activity importance and clutchiness among ways that not other stat maybe could,fully ignoring the truth that Total QBR is basically a rating version of Football Outsiders' around decade-old percentage-based ¡ª besides that QBR doesn't accommodate for opponent, and DVOA does.

Another thing that QBR doesn't arise to take seriously is the truth?that it's a bit tougher to rack up quality percentage stats while you're throwing the ball 40 times than while you're throwing it 10 ¡ª clearly the all-knowing QBR doesn't weigh that aspect of the game. We know this because on Monday, it was revealed that Denver's Tim Tebow ¡ª he of the 4-for-10 passing day againsnfl jerseys wholesalet the ¡ª had a higher total QBR than did Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who completed 26 passes surrounded 39 attempts as 396 yards and two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.

And before you deliberate that the laboratory dorks at ESPNU broke among and fiddled with Tebow's rating to tell the thing "buzzier,hold up,wholesale hats! ESPN actually went to the difficulty to explain equitable accurate WHY their prized system aligned those two quarterback performances as it did.

We'll get into that among a second,merely here's what Rodgers had to say almost it this week when he was asked. The best quarterback within the game today was more bemused than rebuffed, cheap jerseyswhich seems to be an adapted reaction while discussing the stat.

?"The only duration I ever discern the QBR namely aboard the bottom line aboard ESPN," . "I saw that [Tuesday a m and chuckled to myself. I played a full game, he played the half. He completed four passes, I completed 26. I deliberate it incorporates QB runs as well.

"The weighting of it doesn't acquaint a whole lot of sense," Rodgers continued. "They said a third down amid the fourth 15 min ought mean more than amid the first 15 min ¡ª OK, I obtain that. A touchdown pass late among the game against a crew that's up according a bunch of points isn't going to be worth as much. I envision while you begin pcheap nfl jerseysutting values, and judging the effort levels a team may be giving up 14, as contrary to tied,alternatively up even ahead according 28, I deliberate you're getting into some gray areas."

So,aboard to ESPN's explanation(s) and , which actually go a long way to explaining the ways in which QBR is uniquely flawed. That would be understandable and acceptable below any circumstances ¡ª there namely not perfect stat ¡ª besides that it's a morsel funnier to discern that sequel after the WWL has gone out of its access to trumpet QBR as the lonely greatest quarterback evaluation tool in the history of mankind. You know how some people are ¡ª nobody invented anything before they did.
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