PITTSBURG, Kan. – Newberry College quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion) was named to the 2006 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Division II Preseason All-America Team today.
This is Stepp’s first All-America honor, and the second All-America honor received by an Indian leading up to the 2006 season. Wide receiver Tymere Zimmerman was named to the Street & Smith’s Preseason All-America roster earlier this summer.
Stepp, a redshirt senior, completed 170 of 295 passes for 1,976 yards in 2005, throwing 20 touchdown passes and six interceptions while starting every game for the Indians. On the ground, Stepp had 120 rushes for 363 yards, scoring four touchdowns.
In addition to his Football Gazette All-America honor, Stepp was named to the first team preseason All-South Atlantic Conference team for the second consecutive year, as voted by the league’s sports information directors. He was the second team All-SAC quarterback following the 2005 campaign.
The remainder of the South Atlantic Conference was well represented in the Football Gazette honors, with every school in the conference having at least one athlete honored. Defending conference champions Presbyterian College led the way with three honorees, with Tusculum having two athletes named to the prestigious list. Carson-Newman, Catawba, Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate each had one person named to the team.
Newberry opens the season on Sept. 2 when the Indians host Edward Waters College at Setzler Field. The Indians’ first six games of the season are all played at Setzler Field, with the SAC season opening on Sept. 30, when Newberry hosts Carson-Newman.
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.