CLEVELAND — Two Case Western Reserve University Spartans players are breaking through offensive lines and breaking through their division by leading the nation in sacks among Division III schools.
Defensive end Cameron Brown and outside linebacker Joshua Smith are leading all 247 DIII football teams in sacks per game.
Brown is averaging 1.88 sacks per game through his four games played and Smith is averaging 1.80 per game, the two highest in all of their division.
The son of former head coach Mike Brown, Cameron Brown, has recorded nine sacks through the first five games of the season, leading the division, while Smith has recorded 7.5 sacks in that time.
Last season, Brown recorded 15 total sacks during the year for 122 yards lost—a program record for sacks in a season. He also finished second among all Division III players with 1.5 sacks per game. His 15 sacks marked a school record, breaking the previous high of 13 set by Derek Messmer in 1995.
Smith's first career sack came this season, and as the numbers show, he hasn't looked back since. Following his team's 35-19 win over Washington and Jefferson College last week, Smith was named to D3football.com's Team of the Week and received University Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The two players and their 16.5 combined sacks make up the team’s 26 total sacks, giving Case Western the second-most sacks in their division.
With a 5-0 start to the season, 4-0 in conference play, Brown and Smith have definitely helped in Case Western’s success.