#33 R.J. Bowers
When R.J. Bowers walked off the field for the final time on November 11, 2000, he took with him eight NCAA all-divisions records, as well as 11 Division III records. Bowers reigns as college football's all-time leading rusher with 7,353 yards and all-time leading scorer with 562 points. Nobody in the history of the college game has ever rushed for as many 100-yard games (35), 200-yard games (16) or 100-yard games in a row (32). He has scored more touchdowns than any other college player (92), rushed for more TDs (91) and owns the best career points-per-game average (14.1). He caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Blue-Gray Classic on Christmas Day and rushed for 21 yards on six carries at the Hula Bowl on January 20.
PERSONAL: 27 years old ... business management major ... born February 10, 1974 ... from West Middlesex, PA ... attended West Middlesex High School ... played six years of professional baseball, including five in the Houston Astros organization ... selected by the Houston Astros in the 11th round of the 1992 draft ... released by the Astros in April of 1997 ... signed by independent Madison of the Northern League in May 1997 ... 6-0, 250 pounds ... given name is Raymond Keith Bowers, Jr.
Won the 2000 Melberger Award as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year
... became college football's all-time leading rusher in all divisions
with 7,353 career yards ... broke seven other NCAA all-divisions records:
career points (562), career touchdowns (92), career rushing touchdowns
(91), consecutive 100-yard games (32), career 200-yard games (16), career
100-yard games (35), career points per game (14.1) ... Moved into second
place in career all-purpose yards (9,253) -- 48 yards shy of the record
(9,301) set by Emporia State's Brian Shay, who previously held the
all-divisions career rushing (6,958) and scoring titles (544) ...
established 11 new NCAA Division III records -- his eight all-divisions
records previously noted plus career all-purpose yards (9,253), career
all-purpose yards per game (231.3) and career rushing yards per game
(183.8) ... accepted invitations to play in the Blue Gray Classic and Hula
Bowl all-star games ... named to the
Associated Press Little All-America Team for the third straight season ...
placed on American Football Coaches Association's Division III All-America
Team for the second straight year ... won Presidents' Athletic Conference
MVP for the third year in a row ... named ECAC Division III Southwest
Player of the Year for the third consecutive season ... voted Football
Gazette Offensive Back of the Year ... D3football.com First Team
All-American ... Gagliardi Trophy Finalist.
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Ran for nation-high 2,283 yards and NCAA D-III record 34 touchdowns ... Melberger Award Finalist ... Gagliardi Trophy Finalist ... ECAC Southern Region Player of the Year ... Named to Associated Press Little All-America Team ... Burger King Coaches' All-America Team ... Hewlett Packard All-American First Team ... Football Gazette Running Back of the Year ... Football Gazette All-American First Team ... Division III record 206 points ... Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player ... broke the school's career rushing record in Week Seven at Waynesburg -- his 17th career start ... ran for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns against national power Washington and Jefferson ... 262 yards and 5 TDs against Kenyon ... amassed 264 and 4 scores against Bluffton ... ran for 200+ yards in 7 consecutive games ... averaged 27 yards per kickoff return ... caught 5 passes ... led team to second consecutive PAC crown.
FRESHMAN YEAR: Made immediate impact in freshman season, catching 95-yard pass in season opener at Kenyon ... ran for 1,239 yards ... helped team win first-ever conference title ... 63-yard pass reception in ECAC Southwest Bowl against Kings Point ... caught critical fourth-quarter 41-yard screen pass in upset of W&J ... ran for 126 yards against Presidents .. PAC First Team ... rushed for 243 yards and 5 touchdowns against Bluffton ... season-high 9 receptions for 253 yards ... Played left halfback as a freshman ... Won team's Freshman of the Year Award ... Teamed with Doug Steiner to become D-III's 11th pair of running backs to run for 1,000 yards each in one season.
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