SALISBURY, N.C. - The Newberry College football team garnered seven preseason all-South Atlantic Conference selections and was revealed as the second place pick in the annual preseason coaches poll at the league's media day Friday.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Dailey (Clinton, S.C.) and return specialist Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) were named to the first team offense, while defensive back Temarcus Thompson (Greenville, S.C.) was named to the first team defense. Thompson tied for the conference lead with four interceptions in 2007.
Also named to the second team were offensive lineman Marchent Faustin (Summerville, S.C.), wide reciever David Smith (Union, S.C.), linebacker Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) and safety Derrell Mills (Gray Court, S.C.). Newberry's seven selections are the third most in the conference this season.
The scarlet and gray came in second in the preseason coaches' poll behind Carson-Newman College. Newberry earned one first place vote and a total of 50 points, behind C-N's 62 and ahead of Catawba's 46 points.
Defending South Atlantic Conference champion Carson-Newman College leads the 2008 preseason All-Conference football team with 14 selections.
The Eagles had 11 players named to the first team, with five on the offense and six on the defense. Carson-Newman returns several offensive stalwarts from last year's offense which ranked among the nation's best including quarterback Alex Good, running back Buck Wakefield and wide receiver Reggie Hubbard. Tight end Mo Whitten and offensive lineman Ross Shafer were also named to the first team. On defense, the Eagles should be strong up front, with linemen Darius Wrentz and Brandon Harmon named to the first team. In the defensive backfield, the Eagles have a pair of preseason first-team selections in Denares Waites and Otis Ballard. Linebacker Brian Brown adds to the Eagles defensive presence on the first team.
Tusculum College had 11 preseason All-Conference selections, with five selected to the first team.
Wide receiver Ryan Tallent, who led the SAC with 59 receptions last year, is on the first team along with placekicker Gareth Rowlands. On defense, the Pioneers bring back a pair of the league's best linebackers in Justin Scott and Jarvis Littlejohn. Littlejohn had 85 tackles last season, fourth best in the league. Defensive back Jeremy Thompson was also a first team honoree.
Catawba College has 10 representatives on the preseason All-Conference, including four first team picks,
Two offensive linemen - Terence Crosby and Hunter Carnes - were selected to the first team offense, while lineman Melquan Fair and linebacker Charles McAfee were selected to the first team defense.
Wingate University has six on the preseason All-Conference team. The Bulldogs have three on the preseason All-Conference first team offense in running back Nelson Woods, the 2007 Offensive Freshman of the Year, wide receiver Shawn Barrett, and offensive lineman Cam LeGrand.
Mars Hill College has six preseason All-Conference selections, with a pair named to the first team. Running back George Washington, who ranked second in the league in yards per game, and defensive lineman Chris Dowdell are the first team selections for the Lions.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has three preseason All-Conference picks. Jordon Simmons was a first-team selection as long snapper.
Brevard College had one preseason All-Conference pick in running back John Taylor, who was named to the second team.
Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Carson-Newman (6) 62
2. Newberry (1) 50
3. Catawba (1) 46
4. Tusculum 43
5. Wingate 35
6. Mars Hill 23
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 20
8. Brevard 9
(First place votes in parenthesis)
2008 SAC Preseason All-Conference Football Team
QB - Alex Good, Carson-Newman
RB - George Washington, Mars Hill
RB - Buck Wakefield, Carson-Newman
RB - Nelson Woods, Wingate
WR - Ryan Tallent, Tusculum
WR - Reggie Hubbard, Carson-Newman
WR - Shawn Barrett, Wingate
TE - Mo Whitten, Carson-Newman
OL - Ross Shaffer, Carson-Newman
OL - Terence Crosby, Catawba
OL - Cam LeGrand, Wingate
OL - Hunter Carnes, Catawba
OL - Jonathan Dailey, Newberry
RS - Antonio Patton, Newberry
PK - Gareth Rowlands, Tusculum
DL - Darius Wrentz, Carson-Newman
DL - Melquan Fair, Catawba
DL - Brandon Harmon, Carson-Newman
DL - Chris Dowdell, Mars Hill
LB - Justin Scott, Tusculum
LB - Brian Brown, Carson-Newman
LB - Jarvis Littlejohn, Tusculum
LB - Charles McAfee, Catawba
DB - Jeremy Thompson, Tusculum
D B - Temarcus Thompson, Newberry
DB - Denares Waites, Carson-Newman
DB - Otis Ballard, Carson-Newman
P - Chris Jones, Carson-Newman
LS - Jordon Simmons, Lenoir-Rhyne
QB - Corey Russell, Tusculum
RB - George Bell, Catawba
RB - John Taylor, Brevard
RB - Chappell Rose, Mars Hill
WR - David Smith, Newberry
WR - Otis Miller, Carson-Newman
WR - Antwan Strong, Catawba
TE - Jarrell NeSmith, Tusculum
OL - Thomas Battle, Carson-Newman
OL - Eric Nelson, Mars Hill
OL - Marchent Faustin, Newberry
OL - Drew Noe, Tusculum
OL - Shelton Nelson, Wingate
RS - Travis Landrum, Catawba
PK - DJ Gill, Catawba
DL - Marqus Davis, Catawba
DL - Rynel Butler, Tusculum
DL - Brandon Kelley, Tusculum
DL - Julian Todd, Mars Hill
LB - Dewayne Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB - Stan Galbraith, Mars Hill
LB - Will Newell, Newberry
LB - A a ron Plyler, Wingate
DB - Jasmon Carpenter, Catawba
DB - Barry Tate, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB - Derrell Mills, Newberry
DB - Revel Coffey, Carson-Newman
P - John Gregory, Tusculum
LS - Kyle Davis, Wingate