INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Newberry Indians are listed in several football statistical categories as numbers were released by the NCAA.
Defensively, the Indians lead all of Division II football in pass efficiency defense, holding opponents to an anemic 70.7 rating per game. Newberry is ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (10.0 points per game) and 18th in turnover margin (1.3 turnovers per game). Newberry is also ranked 23rd in Division II football in total defense (264.0 yards per game). Individually, sophomore quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.), ranks 19th among all Division II signal callers in passing efficiency (149.3 rating). Senior punter Jeff Williams (Pelion, S.C.) ranks eighth nationally in punting average (41.9 yards per kick).
Several members of the Indian defense are ranked nationally in different categories. Defensive lineman Tony Ransom (Marion, S.C.) ranks 18th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.9 per). Indian senior defensive back Jonathan Lyles (Camden, S.C.) ranks 14th in Division II in passes defended (1.8 PDPG). Senior linebacker and SAC preseason first-team member Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) ranks 24th nationally in total tackles (11.0 tackles per game). Making his first appearance in the statistics this week, junior linebacker Stephen Henry (Belle Glade, Fla.) is ranked 16th in forced fumbles (.5 ff per game).
The Newberry Indians travel to South Atlantic Conference foe Carson-Newman, for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Founded in 1856, Newberry College is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Newberry is a proud member institution of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference, a league comprised of eight colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.