Newberry football remains listed in NCAA statistics
Tuesday, October 2, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College football team is still prominently listed in this week's NCAA Division II statistical rankings despite last week's loss.

Newberry (4-1, 0-1 South Atlantic Conference) is ranked first in only one category, passes had intercepted. The Indians are a member of a club that has seen its numbers continually dwindle, as only three teams have not thrown an interception this season. Joining Newberry in that spot are C.W. Post and Findlay.

The Indians are ranked third nationally in punt return defense, as the special teams unit has allowed 0.42 yards per return. The longest punt return against the Indians in the last two weeks was two yards. The Indians held Carson-Newman's highly touted return man James Banks to minus-17 yards on five returns. Western Oregon is Division II's leader with minus-0.5 yards per return.

Newberry's other top five ranking comes in scoring offense, as the Indians average 46 points per game, which is fifth in Division II. Northwest Missouri State is the Division II leader with 51 points per game following an 86-13 win over Southwest Baptist on Saturday.

Individually, Alex Haynes is still in the top 10 in rushing yardage, despite playing only one half against Carson-Newman.  His 146.6 yards per game ranks him 9th. North Dakota's Ryan Chappell is tops with 191.8 yards per game.

Antonio Patton is ranked second in punt return average with 18.4 yards per return. Shaw's Robert Brown ranks first with 21.3 yards per return.

The complete statistical summary can be found here.