Headlining the InstantScouting 2017 Top Division Three Senior Quarterbacks List is Connor Blair of LaGrange College.
Blair posted great numbers in 2016 while starting all 10 games, set 10 school single-season records for passing yards (3,616), pass attempts (461), pass completions (288), passing TDs (35), pass efficiency (146.9), passing yards per game (361.6). Also set records for total offense yards (3,685), TDs responsible for (37), total offense per game (368.5), total offense yards per play (7.16)… Set USA South conference single season records for pass attempts, pass completions, yards passing, touchdown passes, total offense yards. School career leader with 57 passing touchdowns and third on school career list with 6,404 passing yards Is also LaGrange College career leader with 59 touchdowns responsible for.
Position, Name, Class, School, Hometown, Ht & Wt
QB Ian Kolste, Senior, Whitworth College, Oak Harbor, Washington 6’1, 192 lbs
Last year, Kolste set eight school single-season records and helped Whitworth establish five new team records. Those marks helped him lead the nation in Division III football in completions per game (35.1), passing yards (3,790) and passing yards per game (379) and earning him the Northwest Conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year Award.
In addition, he set the Whitworth career record in completions with 710.
QB Chase Burton, Senior, Franklin College, Corydon, Indiana, 6’2 195 lbs
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Most Valuable Player…named the league’s offensive player of the week five times…started all 11 games and helped lead team to the NCAA Division III playoffs…threw for a career-high 474 yards against Defiance (11/7)…went 30-for-38 for 443 yards in win against Hanover in the Victory Bell Classic (11/14)…completed all 16 passes with six touchdowns against Earlham (10/10)…totaled 3,850 passing yards with 36 touchdowns for the season…added eight rushing touchdowns, including two scores against Manchester (10/3) and Rose-Hulman (10/24).
QB Connor Blair, Senior, LaGrange College, Ormond Beach, Florida, 6’2, 220 lbs
Threw for school game record 520 yards and then school record six touchdown passes at Ave Maria and tied school longest pass completion record with 80-yard touchdown pass… Set school and USA South game record with seven touchdown passes against Averett and threw for 447 yards in same game… Had season-best 71.8 completion percentage (28-for-39) and had career-best 188.3 passing efficiency at Birmingham-Southern… Threw three or more touchdowns passes in 7 of 10 games… Named USA South Offensive Player of the Week for the Ave Maria and Averett games…
QB Shane Sweeney, Senior, Hobart and William Smith College, Phelps, New York, 6’1, 200 lbs
Sweeney is a 2017 D3football.com preseason All-America first team … Lindy’s Sports preseason All-America first team … Street & Smith’s preseason All-America first team.
In 2016 Shane earned D3football.com All-America honorable mention … ECAC North Offensive Player of the Year … ECAC North All-Star first team … D3football.com All-East second team … Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year … All-Liberty League first team … Bill Middleton Memorial Football Award … Dean’s List … Captain … Started all 11 games … Two-time Liberty League Offensive Player of the Week … Ranked fifth in the nation in passing touchdowns (36) … Ranked seventh in the nation in passing yards (3,436) … Also ranked in the top 40 in the nation in points responsible for (14th, 216), passing yards per game (16th, 312.4), completions per game (20th, 24.18), points responsible for per game (22nd, 19.6) and total offense (34th, 311.8) … Broke the Hobart season records for completions, pass attempts, passing yards, and passing touchdowns
QB Ryan Sample, Senior, Benedictine University, Manteno, Illinois, 6’0, 200 lbs
Ryan earned All-NACC Second Team honors while leading the conference in passing yards with 3299, passing touchdowns with 29 and rushed 58 times for 120 yards and 6 touchdowns.
QB Conor Feckley, Senior, University of Dubuque, Anchorage, Alaska, 6’0, 196 lbs
Feckly has earned 2015 Academic All-Iowa Conference, 2016 Academic All-Iowa Conference, 2016 First Team All-Iowa Conference while throwing for 3129 yards, 37 Touchdowns and 2 Rushing Touchdowns.
QB Dru Smith, Senior, East Texas Baptist University, 6’0, 195 lbs
Smith started all 10 games at quarterback, while being named ASC-All Honorable Mention, named ASC Offensive Player of the Week three times (10/03, 10/23, 10/30) and to the D3Football.com Team of the Week (10/11/16). Completed 247 out of 392 passes, including a 39-53 performance at Louisiana College (11/05/16). Threw for 3144 yards, including a school record 530 at Louisiana College (11/05/16).
QB Jared Lebowitz, Senior, Middlebury College, Burlington, Vermont, 6’4, 200 lbs
Lebowitz had a standout year at quarterback, leading the NESCAC in completions (197), attempts (351), yards (2,585) and touchdown passes (29). His 29 scoring strikes are second all-time on Middlebury’s single-season lists, while his 2,580 yards place him fifth. Lebowitz was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week after each of the first two games, capturing the prestigious “Gold Helmet” award after the Colby victory. In those two contests, he combined to complete 42-64 passes for 689 yards with 10 touchdown throws. Lebowitz threw for a season-high 412 yards in a win at Hamilton, going 34-51 with four touchdown passes.
QB Tyler Stoyle, Senior, Heidelberg University, Centerburg, Ohio, 5’10, 175 lbs
Started all 10 games as a junior, received second team All-OAC honors, named OAC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for five touchdowns against Ohio Northern. Threw for 2,391 yards and 27 touchdowns and threw for over 300 yards in three games.
QB Brenan Kuntz, Senior, Thomas More College, Independence, Kentucky, 6’4, 217 lbs
Kuntz, an Honorable Mention All-PAC selection in 2016, finished last season 159-of-294 passing for 2,467 yards and 26 touchdown passes. His completions, attempts and passing yards were all single-season program records, while his touchdown passes tied the program mark.
QB Michael Whitley, Senior, Lakeland University, Vidalia, Louisiana, 6’0, 190 lbs
He threw a school- and NACC-record seven touchdown passes, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 1:05 left as Lakeland rallied for a 47-40 win over Adrian (Mich.) College.
Whitley broke the previous school record of six touchdown passes set four times before, first by John Hauser Oct. 18, 1969 and tied by Mark Novara both Sept. 28, 1996 and Oct. 19, 1996 and by Whitley himself Oct. 17, 2015 against Trine (Ind.) University. He also topped the conference mark originally set by Aaron Nixon of Concordia University Wisconsin Oct. 3, 2015 and tied by Whitley two weeks later and by Ryan Sample of Benedictine University Oct. 8, 2016.
QB Quinn Fleeting, Senior, Western Connecticut State University, Windsor, Connecticut, 6’0, 180 lbs
Has earned MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week four times this season while leading Colonials offense.
QB Gary Muntean, Senior, The College of Wooster, Poland, Ohio, 6’0, 187 lbs
Gary Muntean set a school record for most career passing touchdowns as Wooster guaranteed its first winning season since 2013 with a win over host Kenyon.
QB Rob Cuda, Senior, Case Western Reserve University, Bartlett, Illinois, 6’1, 195 lbs
Junior (2016): Became the fourth player in the program’s history to be named the UAA Offensive Player of the Year, marking the sixth-time overall a Spartan has won the award… Selected to the All-UAA First Team for the second-straight year… Also earned an honorable mention to the All-PAC team… Set CWRU records for the most rushing yards (908) and rushing TDs (12) by a quarterback in a season… Recorded the eighth-most rushing yards, third-most TDs and sixth-most yards per rush in a season by a CWRU player… Completed 59.6% of his passes for 2,328 yards and 19 TDs with just 10 interceptions.
QB Karsten Miller, Guilford College, Thomasville, North Carolina, 6’3, 240 lbs
The senior from North Carolina has thrown for 3,075 yards and 21 scores while having a 54% throwing percentage during the 2017 season.
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