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Quietly ending a controversy

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Josh Kleinfelter
Josh Kleinfelter has left his legacy amongst Lycoming running backs.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Josh Kleinfelter probably didn't even know about the controversy he started as he approached Lycoming College's career rushing record.

In truth, by the time he finishes his career after Saturday's game at FDU-Florham, it won't matter anyhow.

 
Tim Deasey
Tim Deasey
When Tim Deasey '02 graduated from Lycoming, the rushing record was his. He broke it on Senior Day against Delaware Valley; the school even stopped the game to recognize his accomplishment. A phenomenal player who still holds school records for rushing yards (253) and touchdowns (5) in a game, Deasey was an All-MAC back that rolled for 2,868 yards in his career.

"Tim Deasey was an explosive kid," said Lycoming head coach Mike Clark '93. "He could just fly."

However, in the summer after his senior year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association made a change that was a longtime coming – making postseason games count toward a team's overall season statistics. So that means, in 1990 and 1997, as the Warriors made postseason runs to the Division III title game, the stats in the playoffs didn't count. 

 
Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson
With the change, the College went back through the archives and added in the stats for those games and thanks to 512 rushing yards during the Cinderella Warriors run to the 1997 title game, Brian Thompson '99 leaped ahead of Deasey in the category. Thompson, an All-American in 1997, five years after he had graduated, was credited with 3,267 career yards, more than 700 of which came while playing in 11 NCAA playoff games. 

"Brian Thompson was a phenomenal player," Clark said. "He had a pretty good yards-per-carry average."

No one really noticed the record book correction until this year, and it prompted the question – how did Tim Deasey break the school rushing record in 2001 when Brian Thompson, who graduated three years before him, held it now? Enter Kleinfelter.

Clark smiled as he remembered one of the first conversations he had with former head coach Frank Girardi after taking over the program in spring 2007.

"G told me this kid could be the best tailback we've ever had," Clark remembers. That praise was coming from a man who is celebrated as one of the finest small-college coaches ever, not to mention a man who coached 14 all-conference running backs and two All-Americans at the position during his 36-year career.

Kleinfelter, in many ways, lived up to Girardi's expectations from day one – earning Second Team All-MAC honors as a freshman and running for 1,123 yards while leading the Warriors to the NCAA playoffs as a sophomore in 2008. By the time his senior year rolled around, Kleinfelter was already just the fourth player in school history to earn all-league honors three times. He was within what most thought was shouting distance of the school's rushing record set by Thompson, needing 815 yards to reach the mark.

While many thought that since only 12 backs in the history of the program have run for 800 yards in a season, Kleinfelter would need a full season to do the work to get the record, what he has done this season is beyond special.

He joined Deasey as the only backs in school history to post two 200-yard games in a season. He was named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week twice. He rushed for more than 100 yards in five straight games, establishing a school record. He cruised past Deasey's total for career yardage of 2,868 regular-season yards in the third game of the season and by the fifth week, he held the school's rushing record thanks to a 147-yard game at Albright in a 50-0 win.

"To be on the top of a list with guys like Brian Thompson, Tim Deasey, Cory Sheridan and Troy Erdman speaks volumes about the type of player that Josh Kleinfelter is," Clark said. "I won't say that Josh is definitely the best, but I won't say that those guys definitely are either. He's in the conversation."

As for how Kleinfelter feels about being in that conversation, he rarely lets anyone know by his words. Soft-spoken by nature, Kleinfelter nearly shrugged off the record when asked about it.

"It was a team effort all-around," he said. "I had help everywhere. It just kind of jumped up on me. I try not to think about records too much. The real thing that matters is championships."

His teammates, though, who helped the running back rush for more than 1,000 yards through the first seven games of the year (another College first) aren't so humble on Kleinfelter's behalf. Senior offensive lineman Matt Landseidal said, "We take as much credit as him for the record. He might not take as much as people think he does. But he's a great player. He never lets the first guy tackle him, that's the big thing."

As for whether he's the greatest or not, only one thing is for sure: Josh Kleinfelter will never tell you whether he is or not. He'll leave that up to you – and the numbers speak for themselves.

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Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
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Westfield State 41, at Fitchburg State 27
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Wilkes 31, at FDU-Florham 16
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at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
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Plymouth State 29, at Framingham State 28
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at Hamilton 62, Bowdoin 27
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at Hobart 52, Rochester 7
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Nichols 23, at Becker 15
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Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
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at Hope 70, Finlandia 6
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King's 51, at Alvernia 7
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at Morrisville State 41, Utica 24
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at Centre 33, Trinity (Texas) 28
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at Cortland 41, Buffalo State 7
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Husson 56, at Alfred State 14
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Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
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Western Connecticut 23, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
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Stevenson 20, at Widener 6
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Wesleyan 44, at Bates 13
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at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
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at Carnegie Mellon 17, Bethany 14
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at Salisbury 17, Montclair State 15
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Maryville (Tenn.) 34, at Methodist 9
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Wabash 7, at Ohio Wesleyan 0
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Misericordia 25, at Lebanon Valley 21
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Denison 20, at DePauw 12
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Randolph-Macon 45, at Shenandoah 14
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Kalamazoo 20, at Albion 19
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Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Thiel 7
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Wooster 27, at Oberlin 21
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at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
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at Hiram 28, Kenyon 24
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Wesley 54, at Kean 6
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Trine 50, at Olivet 49
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Southern Virginia 23, at Apprentice 21
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Ithaca 24, at Union 0
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at Marietta 63, Wilmington 21
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at Coast Guard 15, Maine Maritime 0
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Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Tufts 24
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Franklin 42, at Mount St. Joseph 34
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Manchester 21, at Bluffton 17
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John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
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at Hanover 48, Defiance 7
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at Baldwin Wallace 44, Muskingum 7
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at Grove City 28, Waynesburg 3
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Merchant Marine 17, at Springfield 14
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Middlebury 21, at Williams 10
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at Huntingdon 52, Brevard 17
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Hampden-Sydney 42, at Bridgewater 21
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at SUNY-Maritime 35, Dean 7
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Endicott 66, at University of New England 38
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at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
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Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
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at Texas Lutheran 28, East Texas Baptist 21
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Augustana 41, at North Park 7
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Louisiana College 35, at McMurry 23
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at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
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Wartburg 31, at Coe 19
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Eureka 44, at Concordia-Chicago 14
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Carleton 36, at Augsburg 34
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Rockford 37, at Lakeland 20
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Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Hamline 14
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Concordia (Wis.) 23, at Aurora 20
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at Benedictine 40, Wisconsin Lutheran 31
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at Loras 44, Nebraska Wesleyan 20
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St. Norbert 21, at Chicago 20
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Bethel 35, at St. Olaf 7
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at Luther 41, Buena Vista 26
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Millikin 32, at Carthage 29
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Knox 28, at Grinnell 7
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at Central 17, Simpson 16
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at Ripon 49, Beloit 14
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at UW-River Falls 21, UW-Stout 19
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Monmouth 45, at Illinois College 13
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at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
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UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
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Austin 34, at Millsaps 23
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at Lake Forest 42, Cornell 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
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at Bridgewater State 44, Mass-Dartmouth 28
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at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
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Pacific 23, at Puget Sound 22
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George Fox 28, at Willamette 6
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at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
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at Southwestern 21, Belhaven 10
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Rowan 17, at TCNJ 14
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Adrian 28, at Alma 23
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Averett 24, at N.C. Wesleyan 14
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Heidelberg 21, at Otterbein 7
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Anderson 63, at Earlham 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
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at UW-La Crosse 63, UW-Stevens Point 27
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Birmingham-Southern 13, at Sewanee 10
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La Verne 42, at Whittier 23
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20, at Redlands 10
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LaGrange 43, at Greensboro 16
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 55, at Howard Payne 0
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at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
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Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
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Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
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at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
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Wesley 54, at Kean 6
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Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
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Trine 50, at Olivet 49
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at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
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Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
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John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
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Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
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at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
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at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
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at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
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at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
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UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
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at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
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at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
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at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
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at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
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