Indians listed prominently in NCAA Statistics
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The No. 12 Newberry College Indians are listed prominently in this week's NCAA football statistics, which were release late Monday. The team is tied for first in Division II with zero passes intercepted, second in rushing offense and pass efficiency defense, fourth in both scoring offense and scoring defense, fifth in total defense and 10th in total offense. Also senior Alex Haynes and sophomore Antonio Patton are listed in individual categories.

The Indians' rushing attack has averaged 371.5 yards per game through the first two games of the season, placing them second behind Eastern New Mexico's 397 yards per contest.

Newberry currently averages 54 points per game on offense, good enough for fourth nationally. Indiana University (Pa.) scored 80 points in its only game thus far to lead Division II.

The Indians' defense has been stingy, averaging 3.5 points per game on defense, which is fourth nationally. Central Washington and Minnesota-Crookston have allowed no points this season to lead the nation. Newberry's 148.5 yards per game allowed is fifth nationally, while Shaw leads the country at 81.0 yards per game defensively.

Newberry is ranked second in pass efficiency defense with a 3.64 rating, while Minnesota-Crookston leads the nation with a 30.6 rating.

Individually, Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) is averaging 26.8 yards per punt return, which is currently third-best in the nation. Merrimack's Chris Laham averages 29.5 per return to lead Division II.

Alex Haynes (Summerville, S.C.) has averaged 170.0 rushing yards per game, which is sixth nationally. Brandon Toles of Southern Connecticut State leads with 205.5 yards per game. Haynes' 340 total rushing yards is tenth best in the country, with defending Harlon Hill Trophy winner Danny Woodhead of Chadron State leading Division II with 541 ruching yards.

The full NCAA statistical rankings can be found here. 

Newberry will look to move to 3-0 on the season with a Thursday night matchup against North Greenville. Kickoff in Tigerville is set for 7:07 p.m., while the game will be televised on Charter Cable Channel 10 in the Spartanburg, Greenville and Anderson markets.