GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford College redshirt junior De'Eric Bell (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) led NCAA Division III football in all-purpose yards per game, combined kick-return yardage, and kickoff return touchdowns according to the final 2017 football statistical rankings released by the NCAA.
Bell ranked among the top-40 in final Division III statistical rankings in six different categories. He contributed 221.10 all-purpose yards per game. As a return man on special teams, Bell ranked second in Division III with 30.8 yards per kickoff return for a total of 831 yards, a school record. When added with his 212 punt return yards, Bell led the nation with 1,043 combined return yards. His three kickoff returns for touchdowns ranked first nationally and also set a school standard. Bell also placed 30th in total touchdowns (16) and 36th in rushing touchdowns with a school-record 13.
Senior quarterback Karsten Miller (Thomasville, N.C./North Davidson (NW Mississippi C.C.)) was another major contributor to the Quakers' success. He is ranked 15th nationally with a total of 3,075 total passing yards. Miller also finished 11th in Division III in passing yards per game (307.4) and 14th in passing yards per completion (15.15). Miller ranked 14th in total offense with 317.7 yards per game.
As a team, coach Chris Rusiewicz's Quakers ranked among top-40 in four categories, including passing offense, where Guilford was 19th nationally (309.3 ypg). The Quakers were 24th in the country with 15.09 yards per pass. Guilford also ranked 32nd in fewest turnovers lost (14) and total offense (448.9).
The Quakers posted a 5-5 overall record (3-3 ODAC) in 2017 and set or tied 19 school records. Guilford won three of its last four games of the season and finished with a .500 record for the fourth time in five years. The Quakers are slated to return as many as 78 letter winners and 11 starters in 2018.