Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University presently boasts the nation's top running quarterback as Bulldog sophomore Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian) has totaled more rushing yards on the ground this season than any other signal caller in the country, regardless of level.
Vander Laan presently has 1,202 total yards rushing to date this year, which is tops among all quarterbacks at the NCAA Division I, II or III level, including both the FBS and FCS levels of competition.
His 1,202 total yards on the ground rank ahead of Division I leader Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, who has totaled the second-most yards rushing with 1,150 to date in nine games.
The Bulldog sophomore has averaged 133.6 yards rushing to date this year with 16 TD's on the ground for the Bulldogs. He has also completed 118-of-185 passes for 1,432 yards and 11 scores.
Presently, Vander Laan's 16 rushing touchdowns ranks eighth in NCAA Division II this year and he's also 12th in scoring at 10.7 points per game. He's second in the GLIAC in points responsible for with 162 on the season. His efforts have helped FSU rank first in the GLIAC and sixth nationally in rushing (308.7 ypg.). FSU is also third in the league and 20th in the nation in total offense (487.7 ypg.).
This year, Vander Laan has ran for 200 plus yards in three games, including 279 total yards versus Lake Erie. He has moved into sixth place all-time on the Bulldogs career rushing list with more than 2,000 career yards and also recently topped the 5,000 career yards of total offense mark.
A year ago, Vander Laan set a new GLIAC single-season record for rushing yardage by a quarterback as a redshirt freshman during the 2012 campaign. The rookie signal caller ran for 1,338 total yards last season with 1,235 coming in 10 league games to establish the record. Vander Laan's totals were also the most ever by a FSU QB in a single-year and placed sixth on the school's seasonal rushing chart.
The Bulldogs are listed 10th this week in Super Region Four in the NCAA regional listing announced on Monday. The top six teams at the end of the season will earn NCAA Division II playoff berths.
Along with the regional rankings, the Bulldogs also climbed in two different national computer rankings this week. FSU moved up two spots to 21st nationally in the Compughterratings.com national poll along with climbing two spots to 26th in the Division II Massey Ratings poll. In addition, Ferris State is featured among other teams receiving votes this week in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Top 25 poll.
The Bulldogs are currently 6-3 overall and 6-2 in the GLIAC to date this season following this past Saturday's victory. FSU is second overall in the GLIAC North Division standings with two weeks left in the regular-season.
This week, the Bulldogs visit Northwood on Saturday (Nov. 9) with kickoff set for 12 p.m. (ET) in Midland, Mich.