Q. WHAT MAJOR CAREER RECORDS WILL BE BROKEN?
•After rushing for a I-AA freshman record 910 yards in 1979 and then gaining 1,622 yards last fall, Lorenzo Bouier of Maine is all but sure to become I-AA's alltime top rusher. And Bill LaFreniere of Northeastern returns after a 1980 season in which he rushed, caught passes and returned punts and kickoffs for 1,601 yards, bringing his career total to 2,898 in 144 attempts, a I-AA "all-purpose" record 20.1 yards a play. Back, too, are Eastern Kentucky's Jerry Parrish (113 plays for 2,224 career yards) and, natch, Trumaine Johnson (133 plays, 1,860 yards).
•Towson (Md.) State's Sean Landeta returns after winning Division II's punting title (43.4 yards a kick) and finishing tied for the lead in field goals, hitting 14 of 28 tries. In the 22 seasons the NCAA has kept kicking stats, Landeta is the first player ever to lead any division in both categories. He's also within shooting distance of Division II and Ill's career punting record average (44.5 yards), set in 1964-66 by Don Cockroft of Adams State (Colo.).
•Career return records are sketchy in the lower divisions, but no one is more thrilling to watch than Mike Askew of Kean College of New Jersey. Last fall he returned 10 kickoffs for 415 yards, a stunning 41.5-yard average, which was a II and III season record. Askew also led III in punt returns, with a 19-yard average. Only two other NCAA players have ever led their divisions in both categories.
•Bill Stromberg of Johns Hopkins caught 66 passes in 1980 to lift his career total to 180, 73 shy of the alltime II and III record set by Kenyon's Chris Myers between 1967 and 1970. By catching passes for 1,148 yards this season, Stromberg, a senior, also would become only the second receiver in NCAA history to haul in 4,000 yards of passes.
•With another season like 1980, St. Joseph's (Ind.) senior Quarterback Mike Houston will end up with a career 8,000 total yards—a sum reached so far by just two Division II or III players.
Q. WHAT ARE THE 10 MOST HEATED RIVALRIES BETWEEN SMALL COLLEGES?
•East-to-West: 1) Williams vs. Amherst; 2) Middlebury vs. Norwich; 3) Widener College vs. Franklin and Marshall; 4) Southern University vs. Grambling; 5) DePauw vs. Wabash; 6) Coe College vs. Cornell (Iowa); 7) Texas A&I vs. Southwest Texas State; 8) Colorado School of Mines vs. Colorado College; 9) Boise State vs. Idaho; 10) Cal-Davis vs. Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Amherst-Williams dates back to 1884, the oldest small-college rivalry. Colorado Mines-Colorado College began five years later and heated up fast when Mines students took to dynamiting Colorado's goalposts. And Idaho-Boise State reached the boiling point in 1973, when Idaho's defensive unit marched through Boise's locker room on its way to the field and chanted, "Kiss my ass." Grambling-Southern drew 76,653 fans in 1974, which is believed to be the largest small-college crowd in history. And consider the importance of the Franklin and Marshall-Widener series for a moment. F&M has lost 11 games in nine seasons, seven of them to Widener. Widener has lost nine games in nine seasons, two to F&M.
Bob Hilton, a Cedar Rapids Gazette sports reporter, says he'd never miss a Coe-Cornell clash. "Iowa gets maybe a fourth of its student body in its 60,000-plus crowds," he says. "Coe and Cornell probably draw 80% of their students. And there's more tradition. It's a game between student-athletes, real students."