You could call them Pennsylvania's small wonders of the NCAA, football mighty mites who have proved to be tiny terrors for opposing defenses. A look at some of the littlest starting running backs in Division III has turned up some big numbers and gotten us wondering just what's in the water in the Keystone State.
Matt Helwig, sophomore, GETTYSBURG
5'6", 168 pounds 49 carries, 368 yards, six TDs "Smaller guys like me look to [5'8"] Barry Sanders for inspiration," Helwig says, "but Barry Sanders' thigh is probably bigger than my waist."
Leon Payne, sophomore, WIDENER
5'2", 155 pounds 88 carries, 555 yards, seven TDs "They used to call me Shorty," says Payne (right). "I've always told 'em, 'I may be short, but my heart's real big and my mind's strong.' "
Matt Wichlinski, junior, SUSQUEHANNA
5'6", 190 pounds 88 carries, 645 yards, 10 TDs Nicknamed the Claymont Cannonball, Wichlinski has "all the essential elements: speed, strength and wiggle," says Crusaders coach Steve Briggs. "The only thing he's missing is size, and if he had that, he probably wouldn't be playing here."