September 21, 2011

Sweeney Fourth In The Nation In Rushing

Claremont, Calif. - Junior running back Luke Sweeney (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is ranked fourth in the nation in rushing in all of Division III at 181.5 yards per game through games of Sept. 17.

Sweeney opened the season with 176 yards in a season-opening loss at Whitworth on Sept. 10, and then topped that with 187 yards in Saturday's 48-39 defeat to Lewis & Clark, when he scored four touchdowns.

Sweeney trails only Chris D'Andrea of Montclair State (201.5 ypg), Joe Rollins of McDaniel (194.0 ypg) and Jeremy Murray of Mount Union (189.5 ypg) in the national rankings. Johrone Bunch of Mt. Ida is close behind at 178.0 yards per game in fifth place, and then there is a big drop-off to sixth place, which is Josh Hill of Linfield at 164.0 yards per game.

In addition, Sweeney ranks second nationally in all-purpose yardage at 246.0 per game, including his kickoff return yardage. Only Trey Fairchild of Otterbein (267.5 yards per game) has more all-purpose yardage than Sweeney at this stage of the season.

Sweeney and the Sagehens will next be in action on Oct. 1, when they host Chapman at Merritt Field for a 7 p.m. contest.

To view NCAA Division III Football statistics, go to the following link:

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/d3/current/individual/1001