Indians Finish Well in Final NCAA Statistics
Monday, December 18, 2006 | by Several Indian players finish high in statistical categories.

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College was represented well in the final NCAA football statistics, which were released on Monday afternoon.

In the team statistical categories, the Indians finished 17th in the nation in total offense, averaging 392.3 yards of total offense per-game.  Newberry boasted the 19th-best rushing offense, averaging 185.5 yards per-game on the ground.  The Indians also checked in at 22nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 30.7 points per-game.

Defensively, Newberry finished 36th in total defense, allowing 270.8 yards of total offense per-game.  The Indians ranked 32nd in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 16.6 points per-game.

From an individual standpoint, Newberry quarterback Josh Stepp finished eighth in the nation in passing efficiency with a 158.3 average.  The senior from Pelion, S.C. completed 63.3 percent of his passes on the season, tossing a single-season best 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions. 

Junior running back Alex Haynes finished the year ranked 30th and 35th respectively in the categories of rushing yards (1,007) and rushing yards per-game (83.9).  His 1,007 rushing yards is the eighth-highest total in a single-season.  Haynes became the first Newberry player to rush for over 1,000 yards since Chad Tackett rushed for 1,210 yards in 2001.  

A pair of receivers in Corey Seawell and Tymere Zimmerman finished in the Top 60 in receiving yards for the season.  Seawell checked in at No. 58 with 719 receiving yards while Zimmerman finished at No. 60 with 695 yards receiving.  Zimmerman also finished 57th in the nation in receptions per-game with 4.8.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Will Newell finished ninth in the nation in tackles per-game with 10.0.  Newell recorded 130 tackles on the season, the third-highest in a single-season.  Free safety Derrell Mills finished 27th in the nation in interceptions, recording six on the season.

The Indians recorded the most wins in a single-season with 11 and captured their first-ever South Atlantic Conference championship.  Newberry made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Playoffs this season, advancing to the second round.