INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College football team is prominently featured in the latest NCAA Division II statistical rankings, which were released today.
Sophomore cornerback/return specialist Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) currently leads Division II in punt return yardage, averaging 22.3 yards per return. Patton was the South Atlantic Conference special teams player of the week on September 4 after a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown in the season opener against Chowan.
The Indians are also ranked first in passes intercepted, as they are one of eight Division II teams which have not thrown an interception this season.
Newberry's potent rushing attack is currently ranked second in rushing offense at 321 yards per game on the ground. Only Eastern New Mexico's 427.3 rushing yards per game tops the Indians. Alex Haynes (Summerville, S.C.) has led the Indians offense, which is reflected in the rankings. His 163.3 rushing yards per game are sixth nationally, and his 193.0 all-purpose yards per game ranks him 11th. Chadron State's Danny Woodhead leads the country in both categories. Haynes' 16 points per game ranks him third nationally, while Bloomsburg's Jamar Brittingham leads the country at 19.3 points per game.
The offense has also been effective through the air, as the Indians' 171/0 yards per game passing are 87th best nationally. Combined, the total offense averages 492.0 yards per game, which is the seventh best total in the country through Saturday. South Dakota leads Division II with 589.3 yards per game.
The defense has been stout as well, currently ranking 10th nationally, giving up only 203.7 yards per game. Tuskegee leads the country at 132.0 yards allowed per game.
Many other Indians are ranked in the top 500 of the national statistics, which can be found here.
The Indians wrap up non-conference play on Saturday, as they host the West Georgia Wolves on the "Weekend of Champions." Kickoff at Setzler Field is slated for 7 p.m.