NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry Football Head Coach Zak Willis has added another key ingredient to his squad by obtaining transfer and 2002 NAIA Special Teams Player of the Year and First-Team NAIA All-American Jeff Williams (Pelion, S.C.) from Pikeville College.
Williams averaged 44.2 yards per punt last season in 50 punts for Pikeville College, which was the NAIA’s highest punting average. The South Atlantic Conference high average last season belonged to Wingate’s Richard Straup, who booted 56 punts for an average of 40.4 yards per punt last season.
In his freshman season of 2001, Williams averaged 40.3 yards per punt on 50 attempts. In two seasons of punting, he has a career average of 42.2 yards per punt, with a 70-yard punt and a 71-yard punt to his credit. 20 of his 100 career punts have resulted in touchbacks, while 15 of them were downed inside the 20-yard line. His average ranked him fifth-best in the nation in the NAIA ranks. He earned Honorable Mention NAIA All-American Honors in 2001, Pikeville’s first as a varsity football program.
Newberry averaged 34.7 yards per kick last year, ranking the Indians last in the league.
Williams returns to his home state and joins Newberry in time for his junior season.
“Special teams and field position are a vital part of the game of football. We’ll practice special teams probably more than anyone in our league. Jeff was a big part of our success at Pikeville College and I am very happy that he will be able to play for us at Newberry.”
Newberry College is a proud member of the South Atlantic Conference, a league made up of eight colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.