Newberry Football Ranked High in this Week's NCAA Statistics
Monday, September 18, 2006 | by Indian defense tops in scoring defense

NEWBERRY, SC - The Newberry College football team is listed prominently in this week’s NCAA Division II Statistics, released on Monday afternoon by the NCAA.

The Indians are tied for the top spot in scoring defense, allowing just 2.3 points per-game.  The Newberry defense also ranks third this week total defense, allowing only 175.3 yards per-game. 

The Newberry offense is listed sixth in total offense, averaging 454.3 yards of total offense per-game.  The Indians also have the 13th best rushing attack in Division II, averaging 229.7 yards on the ground.

Individually, senior quarterback Josh Stepp, who is fresh off being named the South Atlantic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, leads the nation in passing efficiency with a 229.9 average.  Stepp has completed 35-of-48 passes for 622 yards, seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

The defensive duo of sophomore Will Newell and junior Devin Robinson rank 18th and 24th respectively in total tackles and tackles-for-loss.  Newell has accumulated 30 total tackles on the season, good for an average of 10 per-game.  Robinson has six solo tackles-for-loss, good for average of three per-game.

Junior place-kicker Ryan Lukshis rounds out the individual rankings, coming in third in the nation in field goals per-game with 1.7.  Lukshis is 5-of-6 on field goals this season, good for a percentage of 83 percent.