Divisional Powers

I-AA, II and III Rankings
August 14, 2005

DIVISION I-AA

1. Furman

Paladins loaded with 13 returning starters, led by former Florida QB Ingle Martin

2. Eastern Washington

QB Eric Meyer (3,707 yards, 31 TDs in '04) is a Walter Payton Award favorite

3. Southern Illinois

Salukis stocked at skill positions; must replace four starters on offensive line

4. Georgia Southern

RB Jermaine Austin powers unit that led I-AA in rushing (369.9 yards per game)

5. Montana

RB Lex Hilliard ran for 972 yards and 17 TDs despite just four starts in '04

6. James Madison

Defending champ must replace five starters on second-ranked run defense

7. Northwestern State

Stingy Purple Swarm defense allowed 274.4 yards per game, second in nation

8. Western Kentucky

Young coach (Dave Elson, 33) has veteran team (18 returning starters)

9. Massachusetts

Led by DB Shannon James, Minutemen won four of last five to finish last season

10. Northern Iowa

Nebraska transfer David Horne joins standout Terrance Freeney in backfield

DIVISION II

1. Grand Valley State

Led by QB Cullen Finnerty, Lakers are poised for third title in four years

2. Pittsburg State

Gorillas will punish foes with bruising RB Germaine Race (2,213 yards, 26 TDs)

3. North Dakota

Gamebreaker Weston Dressler led all divisions with 613 punt-return yards

4. Valdosta State

QB Barrett Wilkes one of 13 new starters defending champs must break in

5. N.W. Missouri State

RB Xavier Omon rushed for 1,575 yards and 19 TDs as a freshman last year

6. Edinboro

Fighting Scots stocked on offense with front five and TB Andre Burke all back

7. East Stroudsburg

Warriors well-armed behind QB Jimmy Terwilliger (3,826 yards, 33 TDs in '04)

8. Texas A&M--Kingsville

Javelinas' hard-nosed D anchored by All-America LB Deandrae Fillmore

9. Northwood

Dual-threat QB Kyle Kolbe guides offense that averaged 40.2 points per game

10. Albany State

Golden Rams have pair of big-play backs in Antwan Andrews and Antonio Atkins

DIVISION III

1. Linfield

QB Brett Elliott threw for an eye-popping 4,595 yards and 61 TDs in '04

2. Mount Union

Winner of 104 straight regular-season games and six of last nine national titles

3. Saint John's

Johnnies have eight defensive starters back, led by DT Jason Good (121/2 sacks)

4. Rowan

QB Mike Orihel threw 40 TD passes in '04, including 16 to WR Sakeen Wright

5. Mary Hardin-Baylor

Crusaders' explosive offense features WR P.J. Williams (879 yards, 11 TDs)

6. Delaware Valley

QB Adam Knoblauch (3,235 yards) one of nine returning starters on offense

7. Washington & Jefferson

Of QB Chris Edwards's 38 TD passes last year, 15 went to WR Aaron Krepps

8. Ohio Northern

Relentless DE Jason Trusnik led D-III in sacks (18) and tackles for loss (31)

9. Occidental

Efficient QB Andy Collins had 2,373 yards, 24 TDs and 144.7 rating in '04

10. Wittenberg

TB Tristan Murray is latest standout for D-III's alltime winningest program

COLOR PHOTOJOHN BYRUM/THE HERALD JOURNAL/AP (MARTIN)Furman's Martin threw for 22 TDs last year. COLOR PHOTOADAM BIRD (LANGSTON)Big-play wideout Brandon Langston sparks Grand Valley. COLOR PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (ALLEN)Casey Allen (1,140 yards receiving in '04) is key to Linfield's aerial attack.

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