INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College Indians are ranked in the top five nationally in nine team statistical categories in the latest NCAA Division II football statistics, which were released today. Senior running back Alex Haynes is currently averaging the fifth-most rushing yards per game in the nation, while sophomore cornerback/return specialist Antonio Patton has the highest punt return average in Division II.
Through four games played, the Indians have not had a pass intercepted by the opposition. This places the team in a four-way tie for the top spot in the nation. C.W. Post, Findlay and Truman are the only other schools in the division that have not thrown a pick.
The Indians are ranked second nationally in two categories. The offense is averaging 52.8 points per game, which is second to Indiana (Pa.) and its 54.3 points per contest.
The Newberry offensive line has only allowed two sacks all season, for an average of 0.5 sacks per contest. Eastern New Mexico is the national leader in the category with 0.25 sacks per game, but the Greyhounds have only attempted 12 passes through four games.
The rushing offense, led by Haynes, is third nationally with 312.5 yards per game. The Lone Star Conference's Eastern New Mexico leads with 403 yards per game, while Midwestern State is second with 317.3 yards per contest on the ground.
Newberry ranks fourth nationally in both team punt return yardage (19.38 yards) and pass efficiency defense (71.4), while the Indians have a ranking of fifth in scoring defense (9.0 points per game) and turnover margin (+2.3 per game).
Alex Haynes moved up one spot from sixth to fifth in rushing yardage with an average of 160.0 yards per game. Eastern New Mexico's Michael Benton leads the nation with 187.8 yards per game.
South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week Antonio Patton is the national leader in punt return yardage with 22.3 yards per punt return.
The Indians rank highly in numerous other categories. The entire listing can be found here.
Newberry begins its South Atlantic Conference schedule on Saturday when it visits the Eagles of Carson-Newman. Kickoff at Burke-Tarr Stadium in Jefferson City, Tenn., is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be available for viewing on the NCAA's Division II webstream at http://www.cstv.com/ncaa/divii/ .